The instability in Turkey regarding the potential army coup while still ongoing, has scared off one of the world’s great soccer players, who was supposed to play a charity match in the country

Lionel Messi was scheduled to play in a charity match for former teammate Samuel Eto’o in Antayla in the south of the country alongside a host of other legends of the sport, but has reportedly decided to cancel the trip amid the instability in the country. Messi’s teammates Andres Iniesta, Neymar and Luis Suarez were among those planning to attend the match, alongside current Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and even Diego Maradona. Proceeds from the match would have been donated to Eto’os Foundation. Messi hasn’t taken the pitch in any game since the Copa America Centenario Final which took place about three weeks ago.

Obviously, soccer takes a backseat in times like this, and the safety of everyone is paramount.

[FOX Soccer]

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