A heated argument over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best footballer has led to a Nigerian man being charged with the murder of his fellow countryman (friend), Police in India reported.
It was gathered that the Nigerian national, Michael Chukwuma, 21, stabbed his 34-year-old compatriot Obina Durumchukwu in a Mumbai suburb on Sunday following an argument.
The friends had apparently got together on Saturday night to celebrate Durumchukwu’s birthday.
On Sunday morning, an argument that ensued on whether Messi or Ronaldo is the world’s best footballer turned into tragedy.
“The two Nigerian youngsters were discussing football players. One is a fan of Messi and the other was for Ronaldo,” a police inspector said.
“During the conversation a quarrel has taken place. The deceased threw a glass into the face of the accused person. The glass broke and caused small injuries. After that the accused took the broken glass and assaulted the deceased person who died due to heavy bleeding.”
Argentinian international, Messi, 28, is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or – the annual award given to the world’s best player by the governing body Fifa – while Portugal captain Ronaldo, 31, has won the accolade three times.
The Nigerian high commission (embassy) in New Delhi is yet to comment on it as at press time.