Daily Israel Report

ISIS Calls on World Cup Star Messi to 'Join Jihad'

Sunni Islamists in Iraq praise Argentina's Lionel Messi for beating Iran in dramatic World Cup goal, invite to 'join the jihadist call.'
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/25/2014, 11:20 AM

Lionel Messi's goal on Iran
Lionel Messi's goal on Iran
Reuters

Lionel Messi, the star player of the Argentinian national team, defeated the Iranian squad with a dramatic late goal on Sunday in the ongoing 2014 Brazil World Cup.

The goal, which came in stoppage time at the 91st minute, gave Argentina the 1-0 edge to pull a win out of the scrappy match.

However, Argentinian soccer fans weren't the only ones celebrating the goal. They were joined by an unlikely party: the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) Islamists currently conquering Iraq in a blitz military conquest.

The Washington Post reports that a Twitter account affiliated with ISIS congratulated Messi on the goal, and invited him to "join the jihadist call."

“ISIS congratulates Messi and invites him to join the jihadist call and awards him the title of the Argentinian father of goals and the King of South America," read the tweet, according to Al Arabiya.

The tweet highlights the tensions between the Sunni ISIS and Shi'ite Iran, which reportedly has already sent small numbers of operatives to support the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq in opposing ISIS. Earlier reports said Iran had sent Revolutionary Guard forces to Iraq.

While Messi sealed the Argentinian victory, Carlos Queiroz, the Portugese coach of the Iranian team, complained that the referee was responsible for the loss over an alleged missed call, reports the Iranian PressTV.

"How can this guy sleep tonight, or for the rest of his life? With all respect, I would like to have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with him. Why did he do that to us?" complained Queiroz over a tackle he felt should have been called as a penalty.

"Two personalities in the game made a difference. Number one was the referee. The second one was Lionel Messi," added the sore Queiroz.