Lionel Messi

DJ denies giving Lionel Messi Covid after receiving death threats

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Messi is currently isolating
Messi is currently isolating / John Berry/GettyImages

Argentine DJ Fer Palacio has denied giving Lionel Messi Covid-19 after receiving death threats online.

Palacio posted a photo of the pair together a few days prior to Messi testing positive for coronavirus.

According to ESPN, the image was taken at one of several parties that the Paris Saint-Germain forward attended over the festive period while back home in Rosario. However, that has not prevented Palacio attracting a host of negative messages from Messi fans.

"I am a trend on Twitter because Messi tested positive for COVID-19," he said in an Instagram video, while also confirming he had even received some death threats.

"They relate this to me saying that I infected him. They have even called me 'murderer.' I have a lot of very bad private messages. Yesterday I got tested because I have to travel to Uruguay, and I do not have COVID-19," he added.

Messi was one of four PSG players to test positive during the Ligue 1 winter break and he is currently completing his mandatory isolation period in Argentina.

He is set to miss his side's Coupe de France tie against fourth-tier Vannes on Monday, as well as the crunch Ligue 1 meeting with Lyon next week.

Messi enjoyed a momentous 2021, bringing his lengthy spell with boyhood club Barcelona to an end as well as ending Argentina's wait for Copa America glory in the summer.

"I can only give thanks for everything that I had to live in this 2021," he wrote on Instagram.

"Even more so when many people had a really bad time because of the s---ty virus that never ends. Hopefully 2022 brings a lot of health, which is what I wish you all for the new year. Hug to everyone!!!"

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