Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has reportedly received a threatening note from gunmen who attacked a supermarket owned by his in-laws in Rosario, Argentina.
Nobody was injured in the attack which took place yesterday, March 2, and it is unclear why assailants would target Messi or the Unico supermarket in the country’s third-largest city of Rosario.
According to authorities, two men on a motorcycle fired at least a dozen shots into the Rosario Unico that is owned by the family of Messi’s wife, Antonella Roccuzzo. They then left a note on cardboard that read “Messi, we’re waiting for you. [Pablo Javkin, the mayor of Rosario] is also a drug trafficker, so he won’t take care of you.”
Messi has not commented. Widely considered the greatest soccer player of all time, Messi is revered in Argentina, especially since he led the national team to the country’s first World Cup victory in 36 years in Qatar in December.
In Rosario, prosecutor Federico Rébola said authorities were reviewing security camera footage and that the investigation was “preliminary.” It was the first time Messi’s in-laws had received this kind of threat, he added.