Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys, Lionel Messi’s boyhood club, displayed a banner at their stadium in support of the Argentina captain on Saturday after the attack on the family store belonging to his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo.
A handwritten threatening note to the Paris Saint-Germain striker was left in Roccuzzo’s supermarket early Thursday morning after two people opened fire on the shop.
Anonymous wrote on the paper left on the door of the store: Messi, we are waiting for you. (Pablo) Khafken (Mayor of Rosario) is also a drug dealer and he won’t take care of you.
Newell’s posted a message of support on social media, hours before Saturday’s home game against Paracas Central in the Argentine league.
A red and black banner placed behind the goal in the stadium read: Leo, you are the heart of this country that loves you.
Messi and his wife often travel to Rosario to spend their days off to visit their relatives in this city.
And this city has one of the highest murder rates in Argentina, where gangs accused of drug trafficking reside, according to judicial reports, and injuries and deaths are often reported in violent brawls.