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8 desperately important things you need to know about Lionel Messi's glitzy wedding

It has been called the “wedding of the century”.

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YESTERDAY, LIONEL MESSI married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Rovuzzo in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina.

It was a glitzy affair befitting of the world’s best footballer. Let’s run down through it, shall we?

The wedding took place at a luxury hotel in Rosario, which AFP reports “stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs”

How low-key/borderline normal of him!

Relax 😎

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But this wasn’t quite like having the afters at a Jury’s Hotel.

Because this is Lionel Messi, he had a literal red carpet outside the event where guests were invited to strike a pose in front of 150 journalists covering the event.

Casual.

Argentina Soccer Messi's Marriage Source: Victor R. Caivano

It was similarly ostentatious on the inside. The lighting! The floral displays!

The guestlist was properly star-studded. (If you’re into soccer, that is.)

Footballers like Neymar, Luis Suarez, Dani Alves, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, Carles Puyol, Xavier Hernandez and Samuel Eto’o were among the attendees.

Te deseo lo mejor siempre hermano .. Felicidades @leomessi e Anto

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Most importantly, however, Shakira was there.

The Colombian singer joined her partner Gerard Piqué at the nuptials and she wore all black. Iconic.

But she didn’t walk the red carpet. She’s too good for that, you see.

Lionel Messi reportedly requested that his guests donate to his foundation in lieu of gifts.

*quietly puts Blue Book voucher back in pocket*

But guests didn’t walk away empty-handed.

Guests were gifted with a special souvenir goody bag for their troubles.

Guests dined on “blood sausage” and sushi.

Per the BBC:

Aside from a “sushi station”, the menu was a very Argentine affair, including empanadas (traditional pasties) and all parts of the cow, from a casserole of sweetbreads to blood sausage.

Here are the newlyweds being serenaded as they say “I do”

Adorable. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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