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The stars are on show in Rosario on Friday night for what has been dubbed “the wedding of the century” in Argentina, as Lionel Messi married long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo.

Messi, 30, married his childhood sweetheart in a civil ceremony at a luxury hotel in the heart of Rosario.

A host of footballing greats past and present, including Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero strutted their stuff on the red carpet, to celebrate the marriage of Barcelona superstar Messi to the mother of his two children.

Over 250 guests attended the ceremony, with a host of Barcelona and Premier League stars past and present turning out on the red carpet on Friday evening.

Samuel Eto’o was the first guest to walk along the red carpet, past the waiting press at the plush hotel complex, at which over 400 police are on duty.

Former teammate Samuel Eto’o was among the first to arrive (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has called the wedding both “the wedding of the year” and “the wedding of the century”.

Crowds have gathered both at the local airport, awaiting the stars arriving in private jets, and also outside the Rosario hotel, adorning the streets in a bid to catch a glimpse of hometown hero Messi.

The bride wore an exclusive, exquisitely detailed mermaid-style gown, designed by Rosa Clara, for the ceremony.

The designer also dressed the bride’s mother and sisters and several of the wedding guests.

Messi and his wife met in Rosario and have been inseparable since first crossing paths as teenagers. They have two sons together.

Argentina teammate Sergio Aguero in attendance (Photo: AFP)

Messi, who moved to Spain at the age of 13 and has lived in Barcelona since, arrived home to a new mural in his honour, created in anticipation of his wedding.

Messi will have some time for a honeymoon before linking up with Barcelona for their pre-season tour of America next month.

New boss Ernesto Valverde will lead his side out to face Juventus on July 22, before testing his troops against Manchester United and Real Madrid on a tour down the east coast.

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