Messi's special wine gift for wedding guests revealed by Argentina team-mate Zabaleta

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The West Ham defender spoke of his delight at attending the wedding of his close friend and compatriot and will cherish it

Pablo Zabaleta has revealed Lionel Messi gave out special bottles of wine to those who attended his wedding last week.

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The Barcelona star married his childhood love Antonella in a ceremony that attracted a great deal of global attention, with many star players there to take part in the celebrations.

The Argentine showed off his dancing skills after tying the knot, while the pair were praised for donating the leftover food and drink to charity.

But Zabaleta says there was another elegant touch in the form of giant wine bottles which had Messi's name on them.

“We got a bottle of really good wine, a Malbec, which Lionel has put his name on the bottle," the right-back told West Ham's official website.

"It was a big, big bottle of Malbec which was hard to bring back to England, because I had too much stuff in the luggage.

Lionel Messi wedding wine

“Of course, I’ve kept that bottle of wine in Argentina so next time we go back there, I will open it and enjoy a few glasses with the family!"

Zabaleta was delighted to be able to attend his close friend's special moment alongside 260 guests.

“It was really good. It was a special moment to be there with Lionel Messi, of course, and some of the players who have been playing with him for so many years with the Under-20s, Olympic Games and the senior national team.

“This was one of the most-important moments of his life, as it is for everyone who gets married, and it was fantastic.

“We saw Lionel so happy and enjoying himself with all the lads and also his wife and kids as well, so it was a really good time.”

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