The life of football star Lionel Messi is in danger after gunmen left a threatening message for the Paris Saint-Germain forward following an attack on a supermarket owned by his wife’s family in Rosario, Argentina.
According to police reports the attackers were two individuals on a motorbike who left a threatening note written on a piece of cardboard that said: “Messi, we are waiting for you. Javkin is a drug dealer. He is not going to look after you.”
Fourteen shots were reportedly fired at the main entrance of the food store called “Unico,” which is located in the Lavalle district of Rosario, in the early hours of Thursday. No one was hurt in the attack.
Pablo Javkin is the mayor of Rosario, the largest city in the central province of Santa Fe, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
After the incident, Javkin spoke to reporters about the increase in violence in Rosario, the shortage of police, and the lack of protection in the city where crime is on the rise.
Messi and his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, are both natives of Rosario and neither of the two has commented on the incident.
The 2022 World Cup winner is currently living in Paris although he often visits Rosario where he has a home in the suburb of Funes.
Lionel Messi who has previously played for Barcelona was on Monday crowned the best male player of 2022 defeating the newest Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe.
Messi will turn 36 in June and the option of a move to the US after his contract with the French giants expires looks likely.