Also invited are a large number of Barcelona players, including former players like Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o and others such as Argentina's Angel Di Maria and Isquiel Lafitez. However, Messi has declined to invite senior officials of the Catalan club or even his former coaches Spaniards Josep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. Argentine football legend Diego Maradona was also absent.
The couple chose five witnesses to the civil marriage of brothers and sisters, three from Messi and two from Antonella.
City authorities imposed additional security measures because of the wedding, and 300 police were deployed on the 21-kilometer route between the airport and the City Center. The municipality cleaned and rehabilitated green areas, and removed vendors from the streets.
The event was covered by 157 journalists who had received prior approval to be present at the complex, which is surrounded by curious people hoping to take pictures of celebrities, headed by Shakira.