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Lionel Messi to get married in 2017

Lionel Messi to get married in 2017

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi met longtime partner and fellow Rosario Antonella Roccuzzo when he was five years old.

That friendship blossomed into a relationship since 2008 when the attacker was just 20-years-old.

Lionel Messi to get married in 2017

Lionel Messi and Antonella Rocuzzo

No after nine years as a couple and two kids later, the duo are to be married in Rosario in what promises to be a big celebration.

First reported by Radio Metro's Pablo Varsky and confirmed by EFE and others, Messi, 29, and Roccuzzo, 28, will have a ceremony sometime in the middle of 2017 depending on Barcelona's summer tour.

"Messi and Roccuzzo will get married in 2017. The date will depend on Barcelona's schedule of games and the fortunes of the Catalan side in the Champions League," EFE reported.

Varsky further reported the wedding would be in Argentina: "I learned by chance, next year there will be a big celebration. I don't have a clear date but it's in Rosario."

The couple have two children together, four-year-old Tiago and one-year-old Mateo.

Congratulations Messi.

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