Barcelona Stars Touch Down In Argentina For Lionel Messi’s Wedding
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona teammates landed in private jets in his Argentine hometown on Thursday on the eve of the star striker’s celebrity wedding.
Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and Samuel Eto’o all featured in a snap uploaded to Instagram by Puyol’s wife, Vanessa Lorenzo.
Messi has invited the entire Barcelona squad to the ceremony in Rosario.
A host of footballing stars including Barcelona striker Neymar and ex-Barca star Xavi Hernandez were expected among the 260 guests at Friday’s wedding at the Hotel City Center Casino.
“Is that Neymar or Xavi? Ah, whatever, take a photo all the same,” said one local woman to her grandchildren as they watched from the terminal.
The players arrived dressed in caps, hoods and dark sunglasses, with suitcases in hand.
The City Center Rosario has been hired as the venue, with a five star hotel inside the complex for guests to reside.
Sergio Aguero’s wife, Karina, will perform the song for the first dance at the ceremony.
Authorities said 300 police officers were deployed at key points in the gritty port city — the birthplace of the bloody drug gang Los Monos — to ensure that guests traveled safely to the venue.
Messi and his childhood sweetheart will finally tie the knot on a relationship which spans back to when they were just five years old.
Also expected among the wedding guests — and sure to draw the attention of starstruck fans at the airport — are Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique and his wife, Colombian pop star Shakira.