Lionel Messi’s family-owned supermarket in Rosario, Argentina has been attacked with gunmen firing 14 bullets, after which the perpetrators left a written message in charcoal for the Paris Saint-Germain star.
The shop is said to belong to Antonella Roccuzzo’s family, Messi’s partner, according to Metro. Two men were said to have pulled up at the supermarket at night, spraying 14 bullets with no one reported injured.
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They proceeded to leaving a message which reads, “Messi, we are waiting for you. Javkin is a drug trafficker, he will not protect you.”
Pablo Javkin is the current mayor of Rosario, the star player’s home city. The World cup winning Argentine star has a home on the outskirts called ‘The Fortress’.
Celia Arena, the justice minister for the Santa Fe province reacted saying, ‘With the mafia attack on the Roccuzzo family’s business, knowing that it will be an event of global significance, the aim is to [install] terror in the population and unease in those of us who are in the battle against criminal violence. It is, neither more nor less, the definition of terrorism.”
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Recent reports suggests that Messi isn’t considering a return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario.
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