Lionel Messi’s hometown, old friends brace for Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade
Diego Vallejos is wondering what to wear for his friend’s wedding. He must look the part among the celebrities coming to town — for the groom is football superstar Lionel Messi.
“I am letting my hair grow so that I can get a haircut like a star,” the chuckling Vallejos, a waiter by profession, said from Rosario, the northern Argentine city where he and Messi grew up. Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, on June 30, a week after the footballer’s 30th birthday, in Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade.
Vallejos is one of 250 people on the guest list — others include Barcelona stars such as Gerard Pique and his popstar wife Shakira, according to Argentina media. “Most of all I just want to be with Lionel. But I am going to mingle a bit with the other guests at the bash in the City Center hotel and casino,” Vallejos said.
Vallejos spoke from near the primary school which he and the future soccer star attended. They would play football together in the humble southern district of Las Heras where they grew up. Messi is widely considered the world’s best footballer. But he is far from being the …read more