Messi marries long-term girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo in a star-studded gala

Messi Invited 150 Journalists To His Wedding This Weekend

Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America's celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo today (Singapore time).

It was reported that the couple banned mobile phones at the event while the staff were sworn to secrecy and 450 police officers were deployed.

Diego Maradona has also been snubbed, although the Argentine legend will be quick to point out he had over 1,200 guests at his 1987 wedding to Claudia Villafane, compared to Messi's 260.

Messi, a five-time Federation Internationale de Football Association world player of the year, has faced criticism in Argentina because he has never brought the country a major title, in contrast to his repeated successes playing for Barcelona. A number of guests flew into Rosario on private jets. However, it is understood that they had no direct access to the ceremony or the party afterward.

Manchester's United goalkeeper Sergio Romero poses with his wife on a red carpet at the wedding.

Local reporters broadcasting from the scene on radio and television told their audiences it was "the wedding of the century" for Rosario.

The duo stayed in touch after Messi left for Spain to play with Barcelona's youth team before Roccuzzo joined him in the Spanish city later where they started dating in late 2000s.

Messi and his wife-to-be met in Rosario and have been inseparable since.

The complex features a hotel and casino, the latter of which was raided by police this week, although not in connection to Messi; cue the sigh of relief from Barcelona fans exhausted of his legal issues.

No word on where Messi will spend his honeymoon.

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