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Argentine Man Abducted in Nigeria Says Mentioning Lionel Messi’s Name Prevented Captors from Harming Him

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A 28-year-old Argentine man was abducted and held captive for three days while working in Nigeria.

The man, Santiago Lopez Menendez, who is an agricultural engineer told Goal that mentioning the name of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, calmed down his captors.

According to the publication:

Menendez had been working in Nigeria since last year, planting soya and corn crops close to Kontagora in the north-west of the country.

But he was kidnapped earlier this week and beaten violently by his captors, who hardly spoke any English and thought he was north American.

It was then in desperation that Menendez tried to tell them he was Argentine and he was eventually able to calm down his aggressors with repeated cries of “Messi, Messi, Messi”.

Held captive for three days, the engineer was eventually released after the company who employs him paid an undisclosed ransom to the kidnappers.

Back in Argentina, his brother Jorge spoke to Clarin and said: “‘Tell them I am grateful to Messi’, he told me. ‘Naming him is what saved me.'”

Menendez is now safe and will return to his homeland in the next few hours.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alex Caparros

13 Comments

  1. Ebony

    June 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Lord have Messi.

    • Tosin

      June 30, 2015 at 2:57 am

      Coming soon from Nollywood. Who wan watch?

    • Eve82

      June 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

      So basically if he shouted Ronaldo, he would have been a dead meat 🙂

  2. FRied

    June 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Yinkoko

  3. Nadi

    June 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Noooooo,Messi is not Jesus.This man shouted,MERCY MERCY MERCY

  4. Becca

    June 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Maybe they understood mercy.

  5. Manny

    June 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Perhaps they thought he was crying out for Mercy?

  6. Psalm

    June 29, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Messi Magic… again.

  7. ELUHI

    June 29, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    the COMMENTS are REALLY FUNNY. Thank GOD he has been released!!!

  8. Theyvid

    June 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Wetin Lionel Messi con do for ur matter.SHMMMMMMMMM

  9. Anon

    June 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I bet they thought he was pleading for MERCY.

  10. @edDREAMZ

    June 29, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    Hausas down here can die for messi thats a fact…. So i believe everything he said…
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  11. chi-e-z

    June 30, 2015 at 3:40 am

    So basically he’s white he must be american and if he’s north american he must die or pay if he’s from U.S. abii 4 this peoples mind. Someday karma will be a b#tch and I won’t blame her. security in nigeria is non existent. If we can’t respect people and let them free to embrace or tell. their heritage without feeling it a reason to cause violence we are not a civilized nation.-_-

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