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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Debate Allegedly Leads to Death of Nigerian Man

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, runs as Barcelona's Lionel Messi, gestures  during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2017

A Nigerian man has been killed in India after a reported argument over who is the better player between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi turned tragically violent.

According to Manish K Pathak in the Hindustan Times, 22-year-old Nwabu Chukwuma killed his friend and compatriot, Obinna Michael Durumchukwa, 34, after an evening celebrating Durumchukwa's birthday.

The report explained that "Durumchukwa flung a glass at Chukwuma" as they debated about the two La Liga stars, but the projectile missed and smashed against the wall.

Chukwuma then picked up a broken shard of glass and stabbed Durumchukwa in the throat, according to police inspector Kiran Kabadi.

The incident reportedly took place between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday, per NDTV Sports' Samiullah Khan.

The killer was reportedly arguing the merits of Real Madrid and Portugal star Ronaldo, while Durumchukwa favoured Barcelona and Argentina's Messi.

Per Khan, PI Kabadi from Tulinj police station in Nalasopara said, "We have arrested the accused for murder and are investigating whether the murder was actually the outcome of a minor argument."

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