Lionel Messi marries long-term love Antonela Roccuzzo

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

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Street artist Lisandro Urteaga works on his mural of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi near Messi's childhood home in Rosario, Argentina, June 29.

The civil ceremony, which was held at a luxury hotel in Messi's hometown, lived up to its tag as celebrities from the football fraternity and other fields descended in Rosario. The guests included Shakira and her husband and Messi's teammate Gerard Pique along with footballers Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Over 250 guests, including football greats like Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero graced the red carpet, to celebrate the wedding of Barcelona superstar to the mother of his two children.

The 30-year-old striker is set to Wednesday long-term girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo in one of Argentina's most lavish venues today.

On Friday Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi will marry his partner Antonella Roccuzzo.

Domínguez recalls the painful moment a tearful 12-year-old Messi had to leave Argentina for Spain to undergo treatment for an illness, leaving behind his friends, family, school and Roccuzzo.

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However, when one of Roccuzzo's friends died in a auto accident, Messi flew back to Rosario to be at her side, rekindling their romance.

Diego Maradona harbours no ill feeling towards Lionel Messi, after he missed the Barcelona forward's wedding. "He can pay any plane ticket to anyone, but he chose the city that's in his heart".

More than 150 journalists are also expected to cover the event, which will take place at 7pm local time.

But he is praised both at home and overseas for keeping his common touch.

'Despite everything that he's accomplished in life, he's still the same simple kid, the skinny dude that I grew up with.

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