Lionel Messi, the Argentinian footballer legend who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team, signed a T-shirt of one of his fans who supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"God Protect Aleppo" read above the Syrian national flag on the T-shirt signed by Messi.
Social media activists forwarded images of the Argentinian star as signing the shirt by leaving comments like: "Messi signed the Syrian government flag".
Many western and Arab media, including the Saudi-sponsored al-Arabiya website released Messi's image, confirming that the person who is wearing the shirt is a pro-Assad football fan.
The Spanish newspaper "Sport" reported in 2013 that Messi has donated 100,000 euro (130,000 dollars) to the children of Syria.
According to the Spanish newspaper, Messi earned 300,000 euro during a tour with FC Barcelona in North America. He decided to donate a third of the sum to the children in Syria who are innocent victims of the ongoing war.
In March 2010 Messi was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, with the aim of supporting the rights of children.
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