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01 July 2017

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo marry in Argentina and share a kiss on the red carpet after ceremony in front of 250 friends and their two sons

LIONEL MESSI has married childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in a party billed Argentina’s ‘wedding of the century.’

The Barcelona superstar and Roccuzzo had to have the bride’s dress flown in on a private jet from Spain.

Lionel Messi gives the thumbs up after marrying childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in Rosario, Argentina
Lionel Messi gives the thumbs up after marrying childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in Rosario, Argentina
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Lionel Messi and Antonella share a kiss on the red carpet as newlyweds after the marriage ceremony in Rosario, Argentina
Lionel Messi and Antonella share a kiss on the red carpet as newlyweds after the marriage ceremony in Rosario, Argentina
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And the couple looked over the moon as they finally tied the knot in front of their young sons Thiago and Mateo.

There has been tensions between Messi’s family and his partner, 29, but they forgot about their feud ahead of the big occasion.

Superstar Messi, 30, beamed as he enjoyed the special event with over 250 friends and family while a host of Barcelona stars from past and present were in attendance.

Premier League stars Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero were present, while Barcelona legends Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and Samuel Eto’o were also in town.

It has been reported guests have had mobile phones banned, staff sworn to secrecy and over 450 police officers have been brought in to manage the situation.

Argentinian media say there is tension between Messi’s family and his bride Antonella.

Lionel Messi and Antonella smile on the red carpet after completing their vows in front of family and friends
Lionel Messi and Antonella smile on the red carpet after completing their vows in front of family and friends
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Lionel Messi gives a wave to the crowd and media at in Rosario
Lionel Messi gives a wave to the crowd and media at in Rosario
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Pictures show Antonella's amazing wedding dress that had to be flown in especially from Spain by private jet
Pictures show Antonella’s amazing wedding dress that had to be flown in especially from Spain by private jet
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Lionel Messi and Antonella share a kiss after their wedding ceremony
Lionel Messi and Antonella share a kiss after their wedding ceremony
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According to the Daily Mail, their relationship has been under strain for nearly seven years.

But it is believed the families have settled their differences for the wedding.

A menu which included steak, salad, sushi and pasta had reportedly been leaked for guests to feast their eyes on.

Lionel Messi looked proud as he walked hand-in-hand with his new bride
Lionel Messi looked proud as he walked hand-in-hand with his new bride
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Antonella's dress was from Madrid designer Rosa Clara
Antonella’s dress was from Madrid designer Rosa Clara
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Antonella's stunning dress is revealed in front of the cameras after the ceremony
Antonella’s stunning dress is revealed in front of the cameras after the ceremony
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Former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and wife Sofia dazzle on the red carpet after attending Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo's wedding
Former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and wife Sofia dazzle on the red carpet after attending Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo’s wedding
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Sergio Aguero and his partner Karina Tejeda
Sergio Aguero and his partner Karina Tejeda
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Xavi Hernandez and wife Nuria Cunillera attend the wedding of Lionel Messi
Xavi Hernandez and wife Nuria Cunillera attend the wedding of Lionel Messi
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Barcelona ace Sergio Busquets and partner Elena Galera on the red carpet in Rosario
Barcelona ace Sergio Busquets and partner Elena Galera on the red carpet in Rosario
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Lionel Messi's mother Celia, father Jorge and sister Maria
Lionel Messi’s mother Celia, father Jorge and sister Maria
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Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo are getting married on June 30
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo are getting married on June 30
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Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo are going back to their roots to tie the knot
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo will tie the knot in their home-town Rosario
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Antonela Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi are getting married in couple's hometown
Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi will be joined by 250 friends and family
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Messi's marriage to Antonella Roccuzzo is set to be the biggest event of 2017
Antonella Roccuzzo has known Messi since she was five years old
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Javier Macherano hung out with Argentina team-mates ahead of the wedding
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Messi met Roccuzzo when they were just 13 years old and the pair have two children together, named Thiago and Mateo.

One of his team-mates, Andres Iniesta did not attend the wedding, while Gerard Pique’s partner Shakira performed as part of the evening’s entertainment.

Messi chose not to invite former boss Luis Enrique and his assistant Juan Carlos Unzue.

Also no members of the Barca board were invited due to a long-running rift between former president Joan Laporta and current president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Gerard Pique and Shakira landed in Argentina ahead of the wedding
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Lionel Messi’s strike partner Luis Suarez landed ahead of the wedding
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Lionel Messi handed guests a gift box which includes Lionel Messi’s own wine
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Former and current Barcelona stars posed for a photo on the runway
Xavi can been stepping off the plane while Carles Puyol is on runway
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Jordi Alba (left) left the plane with Sergio Busquets (right) while Cesc Fabregas wore a black cap
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Guests arrived at the wedding at the City Centre Hotel and Casino
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The City Centre casino-hotel complex is expected to play host to Lionel Messi's wedding
The City Centre casino-hotel complex is expected to play host to Lionel Messi’s wedding
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This is the view of the luxury City Centre casino-hotel lobby
This is the view of the luxury City Centre casino-hotel lobby
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Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo both grew up together in Rosario
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo both grew up together in Rosario
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Barcelona stars including Messi and Suarez share the grounds they learned to play on
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