Kontogora: An Argentinean engineer working in a remote part of Nigeria apparently has footballer Lionel Messi to thank for his life, after he uttered the star’s name to a gang of kidnappers.
Upon hearing the magic words, the kidnappers suddenly realized that their victim wasn’t American, as they had assumed, but hailed from Argentina instead. This was enough to secure the lucky man’s release, although his company had to fork out an undisclosed ransom of cash before he was returned. The man endured several beatings from his captors during the ordeal, although apparently once he shouted ‘Messi!’ this seemed to calm them down considerably. The victim will be returning to Argentina soon, no doubt grateful that the international fame of Messi was able to spare him from a terrible fate.