It’s the debate that continues to divide football fans; who is the better footballer: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
Usually the stuff of light-hearted pub conversation, the latest instalment of this eternal argument has brought about tragic consequences in India.
According to reports from Spanish news agency EFE, a man has killed his friend after an argument over which of the two La Liga superstarsis the better player.
A row is reported to have broken out between two Nigerian friends at a birthday party in Mumbai, India.
Local policeman Kiran Kabadi said that the two men had entered into a row in the Indian village of Nalasopara.
Obinna Michael Durumchukwa, 34, is understood to have thrown a glass at friend, Nwabu Chukwuma, after a debate over the quality of the two players turned violent.
The missile missed Chukwuma, who then picked up a shard of broken glass, using it to cut his friend’s throat.
The 22-year-old is currently being detained by police at the Tulinj station in India.
This is not the first time that the ferocity of the Messi – Ronaldo debate has inspired criminal actions.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue was vandalised earlier this year in the hours after Lionel Messi beat the Portuguese to the Ballon D’Or award.
The statue, which stands in Ronaldo’s hometown of Funchal, has Lionel Messi’s name sprayed onto it, along with his famous number ten.
Ronaldo and Messi were both on the scoresheet for their respective teams at the weekend.
The Real Madrid became the fastest ever player to score 350 European league goals last week, scoring four in Real Madrid’s 7-1 demolition of Celta Vigo.