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Gunmen threaten Lionel Messi

Messi is revered in Argentina, especially after leading the national team to the country’s first World Cup victory in 36 years in Qatar in December.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has received a threatening note from gunmen who attacked a supermarket in his hometown Rosario on Thursday.

“Unico” the attacked food store located in the Lavalle district is owned by the family of Messi’s wife.

Police were called to the scene after a reported 14 shots were fired at the store’s shutters and front door in the early hours of Thursday, goal.com reports.

Two individuals on a motorbike were seen fleeing the scene, after leaving a sinister message for the PSG forward.

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

The messages refer to Rosario’s mayor, Pablo Javkin, who after the incident spoke out on the level of violence and need for more policemen in the city where crime is on the rise.

No one was harmed in Thursday’s attack, but significant damage was reported to have been done to the store.

The football legend is yet to respond to the threats.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu