Lionel Messi marries Antonella Roccuzzo as Teammates Turn out for 'Wedding of the Century'
The stars are on show in Rosario on Friday night for what has been dubbed "the wedding of the century" in Argentina, as Lionel Messi married long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo.
Messi, 30, married his childhood sweetheart in a civil ceremony at a luxury hotel in the heart of Rosario.
A host of footballing greats past and present, including Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero strutted their stuff on the red carpet, to celebrate the marriage of Barcelona superstar Messi to the mother of his two children.
Over 250 guests attended the ceremony, with a host of Barcelona and Premier League stars past and present turning out on the red carpet on Friday evening.
Lionel Messi and his bride seal it with a kiss
The happy couple
Former teammate Samuel Eto'o was among the first to arrive
Samuel Eto'o was the first guest to walk along the red carpet, past the waiting press at the plush hotel complex, at which over 400 police are on duty.
Argentina's Clarín newspaper has called the wedding both "the wedding of the year" and "the wedding of the century".
Crowds have gathered both at the local airport, awaiting the stars arriving in private jets, and also outside the Rosario hotel, adorning the streets in a bid to catch a glimpse of hometown hero Messi.
And after the ceremony, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and his wife posed on the red carpet themselves for the Barcelona star's adoring fans.
Posing for photographers on the red carpet
The bride wore an exclusive, exquisitely detailed mermaid-style gown, designed by Rosa Clara, for the ceremony.
The designer also dressed the bride's mother and sisters and several of the wedding guests.
Guests, including Messi's Argentine teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi, Barcelona star Gerard Pique and Shakira, were set to be given gift bags containing wine, local desert dulce de leche and other items.
The menu at the event features a 'sushi station', but is very much an Argentine affair, including including empanadas, traditional sweetbreads and blood sausage.