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Man stabs friend in India in Messi vs Ronaldo argument

Michael Chukwuma stabbed his friend Obina Durumchukwu in Mumbai on Sunday.

The city of Mumbai in India. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - An argument over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best footballer has led to a Nigerian man being charged with the murder of his friend.

Police in India have confirmed that a Nigerian national Michael Chukwuma, 21, stabbed his 34-year-old friend Obina Durumchukwu in Mumbai on Sunday following an argument.

"The two Nigerian youngsters were discussing football players. One is a fan of Messi and the other was for Ronaldo," a police inspector said.

Police say after the two's argument escalated, the fight broke and led to one being killed.

"During the conversation a quarrel took place. The deceased threw a glass into the face of the accused person. The glass broke and caused small injuries. After that the accused took the broken glass and assaulted the deceased person who died due to heavy bleeding."

In January, Messi won the Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time.

Ronaldo has received the accolade on three occasions.

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