A fan from India celebrates his wedding day by changing the date to Lionel Messi’s Birthday.
A diehard fan from India waited eleven months for his wedding day. Over in Kerala, Shibu Cletus and Jeena Sebastian got engaged way back in July last year, but the groom’s insistence to get married on an auspicious day forced his family to wait for nearly a year.
Shibu decided to get married on Lionel Messi’s Birthday, which was recently celebrated on June 24. His family wanted the ceremony to take over imminently, but he was prepared to wait for that special day.
He celebrates the Argentine as he has a Lionel Messi picture in his wallet and has Barcelona Skipper’s mobile wallpaper. Jeena, who is not keen on football, allowed him to set up a football-themed wedding.
He had invitations in the shape of a football pitch, the venue arranged so that it looked like a football ground, with a total of 20 flexboards featuring a whole host of players, a full-size goal and two Cristiano Ronaldo cut-outs.
❌ Rejected in-laws’ request for an immediate wedding
⏰ Waited 11 months for Messi’s exact birthday
📝 Over 20 cardboard cut-outs of footballers
⚽ Venue turned into a stadium, with full size goals
🎵 2010 World Cup music blaring outhttps://t.co/1Lq3R4pqsj
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For Shibu, who has played football for 12 years in the city of Alappuzha and works for Mediapro International, it was the dream wedding.
“My engagement was on July 15, 2018. Though the parents and family of Jeena demanded to conduct the wedding soon, I told them they have to wait till the birthday of Messi on June 24,” he told The Times of India.
“Jeena, who doesn’t have much knowledge about football, agreed it. She told me she was completely ready to wait for the birthday of Messi and provided full support for my plans.
“It was my dream to set up the venue as football ground and marry Jeena in front of Messi and other football players.
“When I shared my idea with my friends, they provided me full support and with the help of my ten friends, the venue of my wedding (CRFJ Hall, Thumpoly) was converted as football ground.
“For me, it is a dream wedding and I thank all my family members and friends who stood with me to conduct my wedding the ‘waka waka way.'”