Gunmen threaten Lionel Messi and shoot up family-owned supermarket

March 3, 2023

Messi was not present during the incident but the gunmen left a message which read: ‘Messi, we’re waiting for you. ‘[Rosario mayor Pablo] Javkin is also a drug trafficker, so he won’t take care of you.’

Two men on a motorcycle fired shots but nobody was injured during the attack on the supermarket – owned by the family of Messi’s wife – Antonella Roccuzzo. There has been a supposed surge in drug-related violence in Rosario, which is located about 190 miles northwest of capital city Buenos Aires and local police are investigating the incident.

Argentine politician Celia Arena – who serves as the justice minister for the Santa Fe province where Rosario is located – took to social media to address the attack.

She posted: ‘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.’

Messi, who plays his club football for Paris Saint-Germain in France, is yet to comment on the incident.

Rosario mayor Pablo Javkin – who was also sent a message by the gunmen – offered his thoughts in an interview on local radio and appeared to slam federal security officials.

‘I doubt everyone, even those who are supposed to protect us,’ he said.

‘Where are the ones who need to take care of us? It’s clear that those who have the weapons and have the possibility of investigating the criminals aren’t doing it, and it’s very easy for any gang to carry out something like this.’