Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in Argentina next summer.
The wedding is expected to take place in their native city of Rosario where they met as children.
Local journalist Juan Pablo Varsky broke the news on Wednesday on a radio programme and the City newspaper La Capital said it had confirmed the news with a relative of the Messi, who told them: “It’s true, there’ll be a wedding the middle of next year.”If rumours are to be believed then the couple will be tying the know on Messi’s Birthday, June 24.
Messi is expected to return to Rosario somewhere around June.
The entire Barcelona squad is expected to be invited to the wedding along with some of his former colleagues and former friends.
The duo started dating in 2008 but there has been no official confirmation of the news from both of them.
Lionel Messi said "I do" to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario.
Following the private ceremony, the couple appeared happy and relaxed as they walked a red carpet before hundreds of journalists at a hotel and casino complex, Roccuzzo donning a tight, mermaid-style gown by Spanish designer Rosa Clara.
The couple's children Thiago, four, and Mateo, one, had front seats at the ceremony attended by some 260 guests, including Shakira and her husband, Messi's teammate Gerard Piqué, and numerous footballers such as Messi's Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suárez.
Argentine media called it the "wedding of the century" for Rosario, the city perched on the banks of the Paraná river, where Messi, 30, and his bride, 29, met when the player was nine years old.
Former Barca and current Chelsea star Cesc Fábregas was in attendance, along with Argentina and Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero.