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As Barcelona’s favourite Argentine prepares to tie the knot, we bring you a complete guide to the occasion.

Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo will finally tie the knot tomorrow, cementing a relationship that stretches right back to when they were just five years old growing up in Rosario, Argentina. Although much of their time together has been spent in Barcelona, there has been room for sentiment with the couple and their two children – Thiago and Mateo – returning to their hometown for the grand event, due to take place on June 30.

Where is the venue?

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has spared no expense and has chosen a grand venue – City Centre Casino Complex in Rosario, Santa Fe to make sure that the event is spectacular. The venue will be well-guarded with 200 security agents led by a former Argentinian military official.

However, fans need not get disheartened as outside the venue, a big screen is being set up for them to watch the ceremony from a safe distance.

Who is Antonella Roccuzzo?

Born in Argentina’s third largest city of Rosario, just like her beau, Antonella Roccuzzo trained to be a dentist. However, she initially pursued a career in social communication. In November 2016, she announced on Instagram that she’s signed up for a career in modelling with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.

Antonella is good friends with FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez’s wife, Sofia Balbi, and they recently launched their own line of shoes together.

It is not known how long the pair have been together behind closed doors, but they went public with their relationship in 2008.

Who Has Been Invited to the Wedding?

In addition to friends and family, the entire squad of FC Barcelona will be attending this event, including stars players like Luis Suarez, Neymar, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets will descend on central Argentina for a few days. Former team-mate Xavi is also expected to be there.

The invitation has also been extended to kitmen, doctors, physiotherapists and masseurs, as well as player liaison officer Pepe Costa.

Who Will be Missing the Wedding?

Andres Iniesta has reportedly turned down the invitation for unknown reasons, while defender Gerard Pique will not attend because of the frosty relationship his wife and Colombian pop star Shakira has with Antonella.

Meanwhile, Messi hasn’t invited anyone else from the football fraternity including his rival teammate and friend Christiano Ronaldo.

What Gifts Will They Get?

So, what do you gift someone who earns £62 million per year? The correct answer for Messi is nothing! The couple has requested guests to donate to the Leo Messi Foundation, which supports children in healthcare, education, and sport.

What’s on the Menu?

A cold buffet of various hams and cheeses and pates will be offered initially with the main course being meat heavy with Argentine steak, spicy sausage, chicken chop suey just some of the dishes on offer. For the less carnivorous, a sushi station will offer a respite for the non-meat eaters present.

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