Gunmen threaten football legend — RT World News
A pair of gunmen fired at least a dozen shots and left a threatening message for Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi during a raid on a supermarket owned by his in-laws, which they say was an act of “terrorism” by a local court officer.
The attack unfolded early Thursday morning at the Unico supermarket in the city of Rosario, Argentina – owned by the family of Messi’s wife, Antonella Roccuzzo – with two assailants arriving on motorbikes and firing at least 12 shots to the company, police said.
A disturbing message was left for the professional athlete on a piece of cardboard at the store, reading “Messi, we are waiting for you.” He was also referring to a local politician, the mayor of Rosario, Pablo Javkin, saying he was a “drug dealer” and wouldn’t “take care of” Messi.
There were no injuries in the shooting, which occurred amid a spike in violence linked to criminal groups in Rosario. Local prosecutor Federico Rebola said police are still investigating the incident and the investigation is still ongoing. “preliminary stage.” He added that Thursday’s attack was the first known threat to Messi’s family.
Santa Fe Province Justice Minister Celia Arena called the shooting an act of “terrorism” performed by a “mafia” organization.
“The aim is to deliberately instill terror in the population and to discourage those of us who fight against criminal violence, knowing that this will be an event of global significance”, said the official.
Messi, who has a home in Rosario and frequently visits his family there, has so far not commented on the incident.
Considered among the greatest footballers of all time, the 35-year-old won FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award earlier this week. He currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, following a 20-year career at Barcelona, and eventually led the national side to their first World Cup win in decades late last year.
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