Lionel Messi Donates Leftover Food and Drink from His Wedding to Rosario Charity

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 7, 2017

Argentine football star Lionel Messi and bride Antonella Roccuzzo pose for photographers just after their wedding at the City Centre Complex in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina on June 30, 2017.
Footballers and celebrities including pop singer Shakira gathered Friday for the 'wedding of the century' in Lionel Messi's Argentine hometown as the Barcelona superstar prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. / AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH        (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has donated food and drink left over from his recent wedding to a Rosario charity.

According to Spanish news agency EFE (h/t Marca), the Rosario Food Bank accepted donations of food and drink after Messi's marriage to Antonella Roccuzzo. The organisation's director, Pablo Algrain, said:

"It all arrived to the store and we're controlling it. We don't yet know quite how much there is."

"We explained to the wedding organisers that we can accept soft drinks and snacks, but that we'd have to change alcoholic drinks for money because we cannot accept them."

Eurosport's Tom Adams praised the good-willed gesture but also used the occasion to comment on Messi's 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud:

Messi and his new bride were wed at the City Center casino-hotel complex in Rosario, the town in which they were both born, with some of the biggest celebrities in football in attendance.

The 30-year-old has since signed a new contract at the Camp Nou keeping him at the club until 2021 alongside MSN members Luis Suarez and Neymar, who are also contracted for the next four years.

Messi will be 34 by the time his new contract expires, but boyhood club Newell's Old Boys may retain some hope of tempting the forward back to his original home before taking his leave from the sport.