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Lionel Messi What we know about the star-studded Argentine wedding

Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi's spokespeople as well as media reports and local people.

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Lionel Messi and his now soon-to-be-wife Antonella Roccuzzo at a friend's wedding in 2012 play

Lionel Messi and his now soon-to-be-wife Antonella Roccuzzo at a friend's wedding in 2012

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Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi's spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario.

Shakira and friends

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi's teammate Gerard Pique, are expected among the 260 guests.

Messi and Roccuzzo have chosen Rosario's Hotel City Center-Casino, located at the southern edge of the crime-plagued Argentinian city, as the venue for the wedding play

Messi and Roccuzzo have chosen Rosario's Hotel City Center-Casino, located at the southern edge of the crime-plagued Argentinian city, as the venue for the wedding

(AFP/File)

They will join old friends of the couple and footballers such as his Barcelona strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar.

The Dress

Brunette bride Roccuzzo, 29, will wear a dress by Spanish designer Rosa Clara, which has been flown over from Barcelona.

The designer has dressed stars such as actresses Eva Longoria and Sofia Vergara as well as Spain's Queen Letizia.

Casino hotel

Lionel Messi, Antonella Roccuzzo and sons pose with the Copa del Rey trophy in Madrid in May 2017 after Messi's Barcelona side won the competition play

Lionel Messi, Antonella Roccuzzo and sons pose with the Copa del Rey trophy in Madrid in May 2017 after Messi's Barcelona side won the competition

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From 2200 GMT the guests will pack into the Hotel City Center-Casino in Rosario, near to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.

The civil wedding ceremony and party will all take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.

Roasted gizzards

Messi, 30, has reportedly asked chefs to cook local delicacies such as "locro" stew and "empanada" pasties for the feast.

Lionel Messi's childhood friend Diego Vallejos poses outside the primary school they both attended in Rosario, northern Argentina play

Lionel Messi's childhood friend Diego Vallejos poses outside the primary school they both attended in Rosario, northern Argentina

(AFP/File)

The star dish is a typical Argentine beef roast including chitterlings, gizzards and kidneys.

Latin pop

Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, wife of Argentina footballer Sergio Aguero, will perform at the dance.

It is not known whether the guests will also get a song from Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for "Whenever, Wherever."

La Granada slum is located next to the venue where Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo will wed on June 30, in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina play

La Granada slum is located next to the venue where Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo will wed on June 30, in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina

(AFP)

Security, media

Security will be handled by a private team of Israeli specialists used by Messi for all his excursions.

Some 155 journalists have been accredited to cover the bash, but have been warned they will have no access to the guests.

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