Football: Lionel Messi announces plans to wed childhood sweetheart in Rosario on June 30

Lionel Messi (centre) speaks with his partner Antonella Roccuzzo (right) past their sons at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey final football match.
Lionel Messi (centre) speaks with his partner Antonella Roccuzzo (right) past their sons at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey final football match. PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (AFP) - Hours after world media, including The Straits Times, revealed that he is getting married on June 30, football superstar Lionel Messi has decided to make his own announcement.

Messi's personal communications agency 6Pointer announced on Thursday that the Barcelona player is to marry his long-term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30.

"The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30," added the agency.

The ceremony between the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and his childhood sweetheart is to be held at the Rosario cathedral and many of Messi's Barcelona team-mates are expected, chief amongst them the couple's closest friends, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi.

Messi turns 30 on June 24 and Roccuzzo is 29. The pair have been living together for nine years and have two children, four-year-old Thiago and baby Mateo.

Messi is currently in Australia, where he is expected to play a leading role as Argentina take on arch-rivals Brazil in a friendly in Melbourne on Friday evening (June 9).

 

The Argentina team are then expected to arrive in Singapore on Saturday for Tuesday's friendly against the Lions at the National Stadium but the ST and other local media had earlier reported that he would not be making the much-anticipated trip to the Republic because he wanted to return to Argentina to prepare for the nuptials.