Isis release picture of Lionel Messi in jail as they threaten 2018 World Cup

Isis has threatened attacks on the 2018 World Cup

The image of Messi which has circulated on social media (Twitter/SITE Intel)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Islamic State have published a mocked-up picture of Lionel Messi bloody and imprisoned as part of a threat to the forthcoming World Cup in Russia.

The terror group has also published a poster, apparently depicting a World Cup stadium, warning the "enemies of Allah in Russia" that "the Mujihadeen's fire will burn you. Just you wait..."

The images have been circulated by SITE Intel, which monitors Isis' online activity and regularly posts updates about the group's latest plans.

The picture of Messi, reportedly released by the pro-Isis Wafa foundation, shows the Argentine footballer behind wars wearing a prisoner's outfit, with blood dripping from his eye.

It carries the message "You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary" as well as the slogan "just terrorism."

Messi is one of several global stars who will be competing in the World Cup, and the Barcelona forward will be playing in a friendly in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium next month to promote next sumnmer's tournament.

Russia is seen by Isis as one of its fiercest enemies, due to the fact that Vladimir Putin is allied with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Russian troops participated in bombing raids on Isis targets in Syria.

Isis militants, who once controlled vast swathes of Syria and Iraq, have now been driven from the vast majority of their territory after a chastening series of defeats.