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By Chineze Ogugua

Argentina’s ambassador to Russia, Ricardo Lagorio, has reassured Lionel Messi, teammates and fans of safety at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Crying Messi

A pro-ISIS media group this week on their website, issued a threat to carry out an attack at the World Cup in Russia next year with a poster of Barcelona star and Argentina captain Lionel Messi crying tears of blood behind what looked like prison bars.

Lagorio said in an interview: “The first thing I want to send is my support to Messi and his family because it’s very unpleasant. He’s the main person affected from this brutal and painful image.

“I have no doubt that the Russian government and the Russian football federation will fully guarantee the safety of the World Cup, of the fans and of the tourists. I would like to call for calm and to ask people that will come from all over the world to do so without concerns.”

Argentina who qualified at the dearth after a 3-1 win over Ecuador courtesy of Messi, will travel to Moscow to face Russia in an international friendly on Nov. 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium and Nigeria three days later in Krasnodar.

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