Lionel Messi’s hometown braces for a glam wedding

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:57 GMT, Jun 25, 2017 |

Security is at the top of everyone’s minds in Rosario, Argentina these days. On June 30th, football superstar Lionel Messi will be married there to Antonella Roccuzzo at a lavish celebration bringing together some of the world’s best-paid football players, just up the street from one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods.

Some 21 members of the hugely popular FC Barcelona team, including Luis Suarez and Neymar, as well as stars like Gerard Pique — accompanied by partner Shakira, perhaps more popular than the Catalan defender himself — will be flying into this port city 180 miles (300 kilometres) north of Buenos Aires.

The luxurious City Center casino-hotel complex, where guests will stay and the ceremony is expected to take place,  borders a poor neighborhood known as the birthplace of the bloody drug gang Los Monos.