ISIS threatens to behead Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi; shocker before FIFA World Cup 2018: The Football World Cup is regarded as one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas that will be ideal to be defined as "the biggest".
The terrorist group has also released photo-shopped images of Messi and Ronaldo, showing the football stars being held captive by the masked terrorists holding knives to behead them.
Another post shows a militant carrying an explosive device-like object into a stadium with the message reading "victory will be ours".
A further release in October featured a doctored image of the Barcelona legend to threaten attacks on Russian Federation; pictures depicted an exploding World-Cup logo along with threats from terrorists to come to and fight in the country.
It is the latest in a series of online threats made against this summer's showpiece football tournament and Barcelona star Messi has been the target of similar warnings over the past year. Three pictures showed Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and Volgograd Arena in the background - both venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Thousands of England fans are expected to base themselves in St Petersburg for the month-long finals, which start on June 14.
Only in April this year St Petersburg was subject to an terrible terrorist attack that ISIS claimed, when a briefcase bomb exploded on the metro, killing 14.
The attack was thought to be in retaliation to Russia's airstrikes in Syria that are coming close to finally ending their presence in the region.
Terrorist Islamic group ISIS have issued a sickening threat to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, releasing disturbing images of the two iconic footballers ahead of the summer World Cup.
In the released image, Messi is seen kneeling down in an orange jumpsuit, like those worn by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in ISIS execution videos.
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