Messi’s mother accused of trying to upstage bride ••
Barcelona star Lionel Messi married longtime sweetheart and mother of his children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in a civil ceremony over the weekend but not without controversy.
It has been reported that the football star’s mother tried to upstage the bride by wearing an identical white dress.
Messi’s family and the Roccuzzos apparently aren’t all on very friendly terms and Messi’s mother seemed to go out of her way to register her displeasure.
The wedding preparations had already been dogged with problems as rumours abounded about a long-standing rift between Messi’s mother Celia Cuccittini and Antonella’s side of the family.
Argentinian media had reported that the Barcelona’s star’s family had booked an entire floor of the City Center Rosario hotel complex, with Antonella’s family occupying another floor, because the two families are not on speaking terms.
Things got to a head when Celia arrived with husband Jorge on the red carpet wearing a silver white lace gown which was strikingly similar to that of the bride.
Argentinian custom already sees it as a mark of disrespect to wear the same colour as the bride but to then wear something not just of the same colour but also a similar design was seen as the height.
It was reported that Hours before the wedding, another Messi family member confirmed rumours of a feud within the family.
One of the footballer’s aunts was caught out live on TV revealing bitterly that she hadn’t been invited to the wedding.