Football stars as well as other celebrities in their numbers have arrived in North Argentina for what has been described as the 'wedding of the century' in Latin America as Lionel Messi is set to exchange marital vows with his longtime girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo.

Invited Messi’s Barcelona teammates landed in private jets in his Argentine hometown on Thursday on the eve of the star striker’s celebrity wedding.

A host of other footballing stars including Barcelona striker Neymar and ex-Barca star Xavi Hernandez will also be among the 260 guests at Friday’s wedding at the Hotel City Center Casino.

“Is that Neymar or Xavi? Ah, whatever, take a photo all the same,” said one local woman to her grandchildren as they watched from the terminal.

Local reporters broadcasting from the scene on radio and television told their audiences it was “the wedding of the century” for Rosario.

Authorities said 300 police officers were deployed at key points in the gritty port city -- the birthplace of the bloody drug gang Los Monos -- to ensure that guests traveled safely to the venue.

With a homicide rate twice the national rate, Rosario is considered one of Argentina’s most dangerous cities.

But Messi, 30, and his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, return every year to visit their families