A day after Argentina lifted the FIFA World Cup beating defending champions France in the final, Congress MP from the Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency Abdul Khaleque on Monday claimed that golden ball winner Lionel Messi originally hails from Assam, India.
Taking to Twitter to congratulate Messi and Co for the fabulous show in Qatar, MP Abdul said, "#Messi, congratulations from the core of heart. We are proud of you for your Assam connection."
Surprised at this claim, a tweep very curiously asked the Parliamentarian to throw some light on the 'Assam connection of Messi'. To this, MP Abdul confidently said, "Yes he was born in Assam."
Member of Parliament from Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency. pic.twitter.com/uFHSgFJ4Dt— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 19, 2022
Hilarious reactions flooded Twitter after the post of MP Abdul went viral on the platform. Taking a sarcastic jibe at the MP, one user commented, "Yes, he (Messi) is from Assam I can confirm. Actually his name is Massa, which is reverse of Assam. Later changed few vowels for numerology purpose."
The user went on to say, "Both (Messi and Felipe Maasa) are twin brothers. One didn't change name and became racer and other followed numerology and became Legend. This seperation happened due to cyclone in Assam."
Another user said Messi is from Maharastra. One more contradicted and said he is actually from Punjab and his name is Meninder Singh - Messi Paaji. And the pictures of Messi both of them shared in Maharastrian and Punjabi looks were hysterical to the core.
Today I came to know that I was born in Assam, another user tweeted along with a Messi picture.
In the meantime, the Congress MP deleted the erroneous tweet, maybe after realizing this was a major gaffe. But by then, his post on the football star had already gone viral.
Messi, who was adjudged the player of the season, received the golden ball and a silver boot for his outstanding contribution in leading Argentina to their third world cup title. He also became the first ever player to score in every round of a World Cup - from group stage to the final.