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Why is Lionel Messi crying blood? This chilling ISIS poster will make you shudder

An ISIS propaganda group has released a poster of blood dripping from Lionel Messi’s left eye in a threat to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

football Updated: Oct 25, 2017 15:18 IST
HT Correspondent
Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo before the start of the FIFA Best Players awards in London on Monday. A doctored image of Messi has been used by terror group ISIS to threaten the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo before the start of the FIFA Best Players awards in London on Monday. A doctored image of Messi has been used by terror group ISIS to threaten the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.(Action Images via Reuters)

A doctored image of Argentina and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, where he is seen crying blood, has been released by a propaganda cell of terror group ISIS in a fresh threat to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary,” reads a message on the poster accompanying an image on Messi crying blood behind bars.

The poster was released by a pro-ISIS media group called Wafa Media Foundation. It was discovered by the think tank SITE Intelligence Group, which tweeted the poster on Tuesday.

The poster also mocks Nike’s ‘Just do it’ catchphrase by replacing the words with ‘Just Terrorism’ below the Messi image.

Threats to next summer’s World Cup in Russia have previously been made by propaganda groups affiliated to the terror outfit.

ISIS had previously claimed responsibility for setting off a bomb outside the Stade de France on the night of the Paris terror attacks. France were hosting Germany in a friendly at the time of the blast.

The terror group had also threatened to disrupt the 2016 European Championships as well as the 2017 Women’s European Championships. Both tournaments, however, were safely conducted under heavy security cover.