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Gunmen threaten Messi after attacking wife’s family store in Argentina

GUNMEN left a threatening note for Lionel Messi after they attacked a supermarket in his hometown of Rosario in Argentina today, according to reports.

The food store ‘Unico’ in the city
is owned by the family of Messi’s wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, who is also from Rosario.

Police were reportedly called to the scene of the incident after about 14 shots were fired at the store’s windows and front door in the early hours of today, the reports added.

Two men on a motorcycle were said to have fled the scene after doing damage, and they then left a sinister message for the Argentina captain.

“Messi, we are waiting for you,” the note read. “Javkin is a drug dealer. He is not going to look after you.”

Pablo Javkin is the mayor of Rosario and, after the incident, he condemned the level of violence in the city and demanded for more policemen to stop the increasing crime.

Rosario is the largest city in Argentina’s central province of Santa Fe, 300 kilometres north of capital Buenos Aires.

Reports say nobody was harmed in the attack, but major damage is believed to have been done to the store.

Messi is seen as a hero in Rosario, having captained Argentina to their third World Cup title in Qatar, although he left the city as a 13-year-old to begin his career in Spain with Barcelona.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was named the Most Valuable Player at the Qatar 2022 World Cup in December and won The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday.

The 35-year-old was treated to a hero’s welcome in the city after the World Cup, in which he registered seven goals and three assists to inspire Argentina to their first global title in 36 years.

Messi and his wife, who live in Paris with their children, are yet to comment on the store attack and the threat to his life.

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