Lionel “Leo” Messi, the 30-year-old Argentine considered to be one of the best football players in the world, married his 29-year-old childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in their hometown of Rosario, northern Argentina on Friday.
As the third highest-paid athlete in the world, bringing in $80 million (£62 million) in salary and endorsements, the event certainly didn’t disappoint.
The glitzy, star-studded bash took place at the City Center Rosario complex, and was attended by a host of football royalty, including Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas, Javier Mascherano, and Carles Puyol.
Guests were reportedly instructed to bring several outfits for the glamorous affair, according to the Daily Mail, while mobile phones were strictly off limits.
Some 450 police officers were even deployed to man the event.
Fortunately for us, some guests did manage to take photos and video footage. Scroll down for a sneak peak behind the scenes of the lavish Latino wedding.
Childhood sweethearts and long-term partners Lionel Messi, 30, and Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, finally tied the knot in a star-studded bash in their native Rosario, northern Argentina, on Friday.
The couple rented out the City Center Rosario Complex for the event.
Mobile phones were reportedly banned at the event, but this photo shared on Roccuzzo’s Instagram account shows how stunning the venue was.
Below, the couple can be seen sharing a kiss during the ceremony, while one of their two sons, Thiago, gazes up at them.
Here, the three walk down the aisle after tying the knot under chandeliers and an arch made of flowers.
Madrid-based designer Rosa Clara was behind Roccuzzo’s stunning wedding dress, which was reportedly flown in from Spain by private jet.
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Roccuzzo’s platform wedding shoes were custom-made by Argentine fashion designer Ricky Sarkany and bore the couple’s nicknames “Anto” and “Leo” along with the wedding date on the soles.
Guests were treated to a five-star menu which included a charcuterie board of cured meats and selection of cheeses, traditional Argentine meat dishes, and sushi.
A host of football stars joined the couple in Argentina to celebrate, a number of whom were spotted on the tarmac after flying into the city of Rosario via private jet.
Retired Spanish footballer Carles Puyol and partner Vanessa Lorenzo were among the glamorous guests to pose for photos on the red carpet.
Cesc Fabregas and Daniella Semaan also attended. Guests were reportedly advised to bring a selection of outfits to the event.
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Javier Alejandro Mascherano and wife Fernanda broke the no-phone rules with this snap taken inside the venue.
Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi were also among the guests to join the newly-married couple at the wedding.
Balbi had also hung out with the bride on her ‘last day of freedom’ ahead of the bash…
…While a number of the football stars joined Messi for his last day as an unmarried man.
Messi and Suarez were spotted wearing decorated top hats while partying at the wedding reception…
…And the football star tried to get the dance floor going as the party kicked off.
Antonella partied on with fellow football wives and girlfriends, including Balbi.
Football star Neymar also appeared to celebrate alongside Suarez.
The happy couple grinned from ear to ear while posing for photos on the red carpet outside the venue.
Roccuzzo’s photo showing the couple’s matching rings and tattoos has already been liked more than 675,000 times on Instagram.