ISIS threatens to behead Ronaldo, Asensio ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

With two new additions to ISIS' series of propaganda posters, the terror organization continues in its attempt to instill fear ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After targeting Messi and Neymar, the newest posters include images of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio. The latter was attacked by the terrorist organization following his visit to Israel earlier this month.
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Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia next summer, ISIS has been sending ominous threats to the world's top soccer players. Lionel Messi and Neymar da Silva Santos were the first to be targeted and ISIS has now released new threatening posters directed at Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Ascensio.

The first poster shows a photoshopped image of Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo kneeling on the ground with a black eye as a knife-wielding ISIS terrorist behind him prepares to execute him. The symbol of the 2018 World Cup can be seen in the background, and the text on the poster reads: "Our words are what you see not what you hear. So just you wait, we are waiting too..."

Spanish soccer player Marco Ascensio was also targeted by the terrorist organization; a second poster shows the athlete kneeling in front of a soccer stadium next to the words "Marco Asensio is Zionis [sic]." This appears to be in response to Asensio's recent visit to Israel and the photographs that he posted onto social media sites after the Spanish national team played in Israel.

About a week ago, ISIS first published a series of propaganda posters apparently aimed at frightening soccer fans ahead of the upcoming international tournament; a previous image showed an armed terrorist standing near a soccer stadium in Russia with a chilling message: “I swear that the Mujahideen's fire will burn you... just you wait.” It appears that the threats from ISIS against the World Cup are a response to its defeat in recent battles in Syria and Iraq.



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