An Argentine agronomist who was kidnapped in Nigeria has credited his release to his mention of FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi.


“Tell them to thank Messi — naming him is what saved me,” Santiago Menendez told his brother after his release Friday, two days after being kidnapped by an armed gang in central Nigeria, the newspaper Clarin reported Sunday.

The 28-year-old Menendez, who managed two farms for Nigerian Flour Mills Plc, said he shouted “Messi, Messi, Messi” to establish a rapport with the kidnappers, who freed him two days later in exchange for a ransom.

Well, he is lucky the Nigerians were not Real Madrid fans.

Lionel Messi is playing for Argentina in the Copa America in Chile, currently, where his side will face Paraguay in the semi finals of the Copa America on Monday evening.