01 July, 2017
None is stronger than his long-term relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo, who he grew up with in Argentina and now shares two children with. Their first meeting took place when Messi was just five. and now just less than a week after turning 30, Messi and Antonella are getting married.
But who is Antonella and how did she get to know the five-time Ballon d'Or victor? We don't know why but Messi had probably planned that once he turns 30, he will tie the knot.
Roccuzzo was born in Rosario, like Messi, and is the cousin of the Barcelona star's childhood friend Lucas Scaglia.
Messi is believed to have celebrated his 30th birthday with family and friends in Rosario earlier this week, however he kept out of the limelight ahead of his upcoming bash.
She attended university in Argentina - studying odotology before switching to social communication - and then moved to Barcelona to join Leo. The pair have two sons namely Thiago and Mateo. That is said to have been sometime back in 2007, but their association was kept private for years.
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Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas and Barca pal Luis Suarez have been invited, as well as Gerard Pique and popstar partner Shakira.
The wedding will be held at the City Center Rosario complex and the Pullman Hotel, which will be shut for general public during the wedding.
According to Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Messi, not one for the limelight, has opted for a wedding day with only his nearest and dearest invited while only four of his worldwide team-mates - Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria - were asked to attend.
Yes, as many as 100 journalists are reported to be attending on the occasion, who will have the privilege of gorging on a platterful of the best delicacies in South America, from steaks to sushis and salads!