Barcelona superstar Messi, childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo prepare for wedding in Rosario

ROSARIO, Argentina (Reuters) - Some of the biggest names in world football gathered in Argentina on Friday to see Barcelona striker Lionel Messi wed his long-time girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo.

Past and present Barcelona teammates Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all there, as was Gerard Pique and his pop star wife Shakira.

Several Premier League players were also among the 260 guests, including Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

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Maria Sol Messi, sister of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, arrives to the hotel where her brother and Antonela Roccuzzo's wedding will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Maria Sol Messi, sister of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, arrives to the hotel where her brother and Antonela Roccuzzo's wedding will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A security guard stands next to bystanders and journalists outside the hotel where Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo's wedding will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Argentine police officers stand guard as a dog lies on the sidewalk outside the hotel where the wedding of Argentina soccer player Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
The flag of Catalunya is seen next to the Argentine flag at the hotel where the wedding of Argentina and Barcelona FC soccer player Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Journalists and bystanders gather outside the hotel where the wedding of Argentina soccer player Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Journalists and bystanders gather outside the hotel where the wedding of Argentina soccer player Lionel Messi and Antonela Roccuzzo will take place in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
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An extra 350 police were drafted in to provide security for the event, which took place in Rosario, the city where Messi grew up before heading to Barcelona, where he has spent a playing career that has included winning FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy five times.

The city is in the heart of Argentina's breadbasket but drug trafficking in the region has grown in recent years and the homicide rate has soared.

Messi met Roccuzzo, who is also from Rosario, when they were growing up. The couple has two children, Thiago, 4, and Mateo, 21 months.

(Reporting by Nicolas Misculin and Eliana Raszewski, Writing by Andrew Downie)

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