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Wedding of Messi: how to dress, what to offer? The interrogations of a childhood friend

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – SAEED KHAN – | Argentine star Lionel Messi in the friendly against Brazil, 9 June 2017 in Melbourne

Stress and sequins. At Messi’s wedding, there will be celebrities like Shakira, and Diego Vallejos, a waiter at a Rosario restaurant, a childhood friend of the quintuple Ballon d’Or, anxious not to get his feet in the carpet.

He will be anonymous at the June 30th wedding in Rosario. He has stars in his eyes at the thought of rubbing shoulders with Neymar, Luis Suarez or Gérard Piqué, colleagues working in Barça of his former neighbor.

Leo Messi grew up in a popular neighborhood in Argentina’s third city, Las Heras, and celebrity has not cut him off from his roots.

“I’m not surprised that he’s married in Rosario, he’s always been the same, he’s a normal person who wants to be close to his family and friends, and money has not changed him, Says Diego Vallejos, who used to share with Messi football games and other games in the neighborhood.

During the summer break and Christmas holidays, Messi is used to quietly settling in his hometown, agitated in recent years by clashes between rival gangs of drug traffickers. There he baptized his two children last summer.

– “Share this moment” –

For the wedding of Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo, he wondered if he was going to buy a suit, but with his modest server salary, he finally opted for a rental.

Vallejos is pleased to participate in his friend’s union “with his love of forever”, scheduled at the Casino Hotel Pullman City Center. “This love was born when they were little,” he remembers. “They were friends, then engaged, and now she will become his wife.”

“I can not wait to share this moment with him, glad he has the humility to invite me. I just want to be with Lionel, but I will try to mix with other guests” , He assures AFP, behind the school where the two kids studied.

“I let my hair grow to make me at the last moment a hairstyle of star,” laughs the former schoolmate of the world icon.

Diego Vallejos, 31, was one of the close friends appearing on the screen in “Messi”, the documentary of the Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia.

“We have a very different life,” he points out. “I have my job and it’s not easy every day in this job, but I hope to go see him playing in Europe before he retires, To hear the stadium chant his name “.

The Argentinian wears on his shoulder a T-shirt of the Argentine rock band La Renga, autographed by Messi. “He’s a little yellowed and with a few tasks, because I never washed it,” he said, bursting into laughter.

Rather than receiving gifts, Messi and his future wife asked the guests to make a donation to the Messi Foundation, which finances educational or sports projects in the agglomeration of Rosario. “This is for the VIPs. Mine, it will be a symbolic gift, maybe a pair of cufflinks,” a traditional present at chic weddings in Argentina.

With prestigious guests, he does not think to compete in elegance, but he is determined to compete with celebrities, on the dance floor, with the sound of the cumbia or a tube of Shakira.

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