Lionel Messi marries
The name Lucas Scaglia may not mean much to most people but without him, Lionel Messi’s marriage to childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo may never have happened.
While playing for Newell’s Old Boys as kids, so the story goes, Scaglia and Messi became friends off the pitch.
A young Messi soon began spending an increasing amount of time at the Scaglia family home after laying eyes on his friend’s cousin, Antonela Roccuzzo.
The story came full circle Friday, more than 20 years later, when Barcelona star Messi — arguably the world’s best player — and Roccuzzo tied the knot back where they first met in their hometown of Rosario.
“Being who he is, he could have been married in the best place in the world, and must have had many offers,” Enrique Domínguez, Messi’s former coach at Newell’s Old Boys..
“He must have had offers so that his wedding, the best moment of his life, could take place where others wanted — and yet he chose Rosario.
Messi, a five-time FIFA world player of the year, has faced criticism in Argentina because he has never brought the country a major title, in contrast to his repeated successes playing for Barcelona. But he is praised both at home and abroad for keeping his common touch.
“He was always the same and he never changed,” said Diego Vallejos, a childhood friend who was invited to the wedding.
“Despite everything that he’s accomplished in life, he’s still the same simple kid, the skinny dude that I grew up with. It’s hard to explain the feeling — I’m both a friend and a fan.”
“Messi could have had this wedding wherever he liked – Dubai, the moon. He can pay any plane ticket to anyone, but he chose the city that’s in his heart,” said Leandro Macaya.
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