Lionel Messi Receives Death Threat After Gunmen Shoot Up Store Owned By His Family

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

3 Mar 2023

Football star Lionel Messi has received a death threat after gunmen reportedly shot up a store owned by his in-laws.

The pint-sized Argentinian led his nation to their first World Cup since 1986 last year, but that clearly hasn’t endeared him to everyone in his hometown of Rosario.

Police said two men on a motorcycle fired at least a dozen shots into the supermarket in the early hours, and left a message on a piece of cardboard that read, “Messi, we’re waiting for you. [Rosario mayor Pablo] Javkin is also a drug trafficker, so he won’t take care of you.”

Celia Arena, justice minister for Santa Fe province, termed the attack an act of “terrorism” by a “mafia” group.

Prosecutor Federico Rébola said that authorities were reviewing security camera footage and that the investigation was ‘preliminary.’