Argentine grandmother avoids kidnapping for “being from Messi’s country” – 24 Horas

Argentine grandmother avoids kidnapping for “being from Messi’s country” – 24 Horas

In an incredible way and with a happy ending, the story of a 90-year-old grandmother who avoided being kidnapped by Hamas soldiers simply for “being from the same country as Lionel Messi.” This older adult had gone viral for a photograph with an AK-47 and a soldier of this organization.

According to the story, Ester Cunio, resident of the Israeli kibbutz Nir Oz She witnessed every moment of the start of the war on October 7, 2023. It was at that moment when soldiers from this organization entered her home and were about to kidnap her.

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Threatening to take her to Gaza, both the grandmother and the paramilitaries got into an argument because the older adult spoke neither Hebrew nor English. It was there when she revealed that she was originally from Argentina.

Not understanding that it was Argentina, Ester asked the soldier if he watched soccer, and then pointed out that He was a compatriot of Lionel Messithis fact changed the mood of the military member, since he had declared himself a fan of the Argentine star.

After that, The soldier took a photo with the woman and then left the place with the rest of his companions, leaving the grandmother safe and sound.

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If he (for Messi) knows that I mentioned it and I was savedNow I would ask for my grandchildren who are locked up there. I would tell him to please pray to God because they are guys worth gold,” Ester detailed in an interview.

This shocking story was revealed in the documentary “Voices of October 7”which recounts the testimonies of survivors at the beginning of the war between Hamas and Israel.


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