Lionel Messi ‘wedding of the century’ moves Besigye

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Messi and his sweetheart finally tie official knot

Former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, becomes the first Ugandan politician to congratulate Argentine football star, Lionel Messi, for achieving his “wedding of the century” with childhood sweetheart, Antonela Roccuzzo.

A civil ceremony for Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, was held at a luxury hotel in the home city of Rosario today Saturday.

The Ugandan politician and four time presidential challenger said of all the decades of dribbling with the ball on the football pitch, Messi has finally spotted the “right goal” in life.

“Lionel Messi has had an incredible career! Decades of dribbling.. Spot the goal! Congs!,” Besigye tweeted.

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Football stars and celebrities were among the 260 guests, with hundreds of police deployed for the event.

Messi, the Argentina and Barcelona forward, met Roccuzzo as a child before he moved to Spain aged just 13.

The couple kiss

Among the guests at Friday’s wedding were Messi’s Barcelona teammates Luis Suárez, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and his wife, Colombia’s pop star Shakira. A number of guests flew into Rosario on private jets.

Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has variously called the wedding “the wedding of the year” and “the wedding of the century”.

Earlier, crowds gathered at the local airport to try to spot some of the famous guests.

A private security firm was working inside the hotel to keep out potential gatecrashers.

About 150 journalists received accreditation to enter a special press area, but were not given full access to the venue, organisers said.

Where did the bride and groom meet?

Messi met Roccuzzo when he was just five years old. She is the cousin of his best friend, Lucas Scaglia, who also became a professional football player.

Messi accepted an offer to play for Barcelona when he was 13, on condition that they pay for treatment for his growth hormone deficiency.

He has spoken about the difficulties he faced on leaving behind his loved ones and former club.

The couple, who now live in Barcelona, have two sons together.

In May, his appeal against a 21-month jail term for tax evasion in Spain was rejected. He is unlikely to go to prison as the sentence can be served under probation or possibly avoided by paying a fine.

Credit: BBC

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