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Messi brings out stars for his wedding – PHOTOS

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi brought out some of the biggest names in world football as they gathered in Argentina on Friday to see him wed his long-time girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo.

Several Premier League players were also among the 260 guests, including Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

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PHOTO | COURTESY

The star studded wedding saw past and present Barcelona teammates gather to witness the two love birds exchange vows.

Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all there, as was Gerard Pique and his pop star wife Shakira.

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PHOTO | COURTESY

Messi met Roccuzzo, who is also from Rosario, when they were growing up. The couple have two children, Thiago, 4, and Mateo, 21 months.

An extra 350 police were drafted in to provide security for the event, which took place in Rosario, the city where Messi grew up before heading to Barcelona, where he has spent a playing career that has included winning FIFA’s World Player of the Year trophy five times.

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PHOTO | COURTESY

The city is in the heart of Argentina’s bread basket, but drug trafficking in the region has grown in recent years and the homicide rate has soared.