Fans argue about sports all the time, as it’s part of the nature of fandom. One of those arguments turned deadly last Saturday night, as a man in India was stabbed and killed after arguing with a friend about whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the best soccer player in the world.
Michael Chukwuma, 21, stabbed 34-year-old Obina Durumchukwu in Mumbai according to police after a discussion about the two soccer stars got heated.
“They were discussing football players. One is a fan of Messi and the other was for Ronaldo,” a police inspector said.
“During the conversation a quarrel has taken place. The deceased threw a glass into the face of the accused person. The glass broke and caused small injuries.
According to the BBC, Chukwuma picked up the broken glass and murdered Durumchukwu, who died from heavy bleeding. Sky News says unconfirmed reports suggest Chukwuma hid in an empty house while police were called.
“He surrendered without resistance,” said police inspector Kiran Kabadi. “He was charged with murder and will be produced in court on Monday.
It’s unbelievable an argument about something so trivial could turn into such a horrible result. Messi and Ronaldo are both elite players, arguably the two best in the entire world, and to kill someone because they don’t share the same opinion on the topic is insane. Chukwuma should have plenty of time to think about which soccer star is better when he’s spending time in a 6 x 8 cell.
This season with Barcelona, Messi has scored 35 goals in 35 matches over all comps despite missing two months in the fall with a torn MCL. Ronaldo has a slight goal advantage this year, notching 39 goals in 35 matches (all comps) for Real Madrid.
However, Messi’s Barcelona side has had much more success on a team level – they’re a whopping 12 points ahead of Real in the La Liga standings, and have advanced to the final of the Copa del Rey, where they’ll face Sevilla. Both sides are still alive in the Champions League, and won the first leg of their knockout round matchups. Last season, Messi’s Barcelona captured the treble while also adding the UEFA Super Cup in August and the FIFA Club World Cup in December. Ronaldo and Los Blancos came up empty-handed in 2015.