Damascus: Chilling poster of Lionel Messi crying blood is being used in a campaign of terror by ISIS supporters to threaten to next year’s World Cup in Russia. The image – released by known Islamic State mouthpiece Wafa Media Foundation – is the latest propaganda piece designed to spread fear through fans hoping to visit the festival of football.
Coupled with the startling words ‘Just Terrorism’ and the tagline ‘You are fighting a state that does not have failure in it’s dictionary’ it shows the Barcelona legend wearing a prison suit, with his name printed on his chest. And this is not the only image released in a shocking campaign by the ISIS-affiliated group, who aim their output at Westerners.
Another image posted last week shows the World Cup symbol next to a masked man holding a sub machine with the text ‘Wait for us’. They have swamped social media with an image of the rifle-carrying Jihadi and a bomb bearing the regime’s infamous black flag.
But it is the image of one of the world’s greatest players Messi which will send shivers down the spine of football fans. Russia’s second largest city was scene of an horrific ISIS attack when a briefcase bomb detonated on the underground in April, killing 14 people.