A Nigerian man was killed after arguing with a friend over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world in India
Nigerian national Michael Chukwuma, 21, stabbed 34-year-old compatriot Obina Durumchukwu in a Mumbai suburb, Indian police said.
The incident took place following a party on Saturday night.
“The friends entered into the debate as they were ardent football fans.
“The victim entered into the heated conversation and considered Lionel Messi to be the best football player but the accused were supporting Cristiano Ronaldo.
“When the accused started leaving, the victim threw a glass on the accused which hit his face and the glass broke. The accused picked up the piece of the broken glass and, in a fit of rage, slit the throat of the victim.
“The fight which started from football debate ended up with a murder. We have arrested the accused under sections 302(murder) and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We will produce the duo at Vasai court on Monday” A senior Indian police officer who spoke on the incident said
Argentina 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.
Portugal captain Ronaldo, 31, has won the accolade three times.