The party was to be a respite for Messi from his legal woes. A Spanish court last month rejected his appeal against a conviction for tax fraud. Brunette bride Roccuzzo wore a white, curve-hugging dress with a deep sweetheart neckline and embroidered straps by Rosa Clara -- a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain's Queen Letizia. Shakira had recently denied rumors that she would miss the wedding due to a quarrel with Roccuzzo.
Argentina players at Messi's wedding pic.twitter.com/4JVlMh4ZtL— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 30, 2017
Jorge Messi (Leo's father): "This (wedding) is the most important game in Leo's life." pic.twitter.com/aU4tDp75gK — Leo Messi (@messi10stats) July 1, 2017But various old friends of the couple in their home city said the bride and groom are humble folk who have never forgotten where they come from. "They are the love of each other's lives," Messi's childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP. Instead of wedding presents, they have asked for donations to a children's charity. The couple have reportedly spent the past two weeks in Rosario with family, but have kept out of sight of the reporters who have invaded the city. Rumors circulated of bachelor and bachelorette parties, but the only evidence that emerged was a photo, posted by ex-Barca goalkeeper Jose Pinto, of Messi enjoying a barbecue with a few friends.
Some friends of Roccuzzo have shared pictures of her relaxing with relatives. On the eve of the wedding, a festive atmosphere reigned in the Las Heras neighborhood where Messi grew up. "We will celebrate," said Damian Lugoni, 27, a local sausage sandwich vendor. "I wish good luck to Leo and Anto, who is just as simple and nice as him." "We are all happy for them," said Lisandro Urteaga, an artist who was called in to paint a mural of Messi in the neighborhood for the occasion. "Let him celebrate the way someone like him deserves. He is a real example as a human being -- although when he plays football he doesn't seem to be from this planet."
No shortage of star power at the Messi wedding. pic.twitter.com/2kngzU3r6N— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 1, 2017
Messi and Antonela... Perfection! #MessiWedding pic.twitter.com/GOVzDvnoiY — Iamsunita (@Sue_Barcachick) July 1, 2017