MORE than 5,000 schoolchildren sang “Happy Birthday” to Lionel Messi in his native city as he celebrated on a private island with his stunning wife and friends including former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez.
Youngsters from a youth orchestra in the Argentinian city of Rosario led the way with the birthday tribute at the iconic National Flag Memorial near the shore of the Parana River.
A huge collection of youngsters sang Happy Birthday to MessiCredit: Youtube – Deportv
The Argentine turned 35 this weekCredit: AFP
The breathtaking accolade was televised on local TV, forming part of a new chapter of a programme called Mundo Leo which is dedicated to the Paris Saint-Germain star.
The PSG star turned 35 yesterday on Sa Ferradura just off the north coast of Ibiza and celebrated with friends including Suarez and former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and their partners.
Messi, wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their three children Thiago, nine, Mateo, six, and Ciro, four, have been staying in a six-bed £260,000-a-week mansion on the island with Cesc and wife Daniella Semaan.
Around the same time as the “Happy Birthday” tribute in Rosario for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, the PSG star was enjoying evening drinks with his footballer friends and their partners.
His family trip to Ibiza came a fortnight after he holidayed at his mansion near his native city after international duty.
Messi’s latest adventures with Argentina included a Wembley showdown with Italy, with the South Americans winning 3-0.
Messi’s Med holiday is expected to be his last before he returns to Paris to prepare for the coming season, which will be interrupted by the Qatar World Cup.
The former Barcelona star reportedly generated £600million in revenue during his debut campaign in France.
Marca claim that he made a whopping £600m effect on the club’s coffers.
His transfer signing helped PSG to bring in ten new sponsorship agreements with the likes of Dior, Gorillas, Crypto.com, Autohero, GOAT, Smart Good Things, Infinity Sports Water, Geekvape, PlayBetR, Volt and Big Cola.
Marc Armstrong, Chief Partnerships Officer at PSG, told Marca: “We have certainly seen growth in areas where we could reach agreements of between three to five million and now they are between five and eight million, so the impact is considerable.”
Messi, Fabregas and Suarez posed for a picture with their partnersCredit: Instagram @antonelaroccuzzo
Antonela and Leo enjoy some down time by the poolCredit: Instagram @antonelaroccuzzo
Antonela poses with her fellow WagsCredit: Instagram @antonelaroccuzzo
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