The Barcelona phenomenon was the subject of a series of negative messages following the draw for the World Cup group stages last week.
Argentina were drawn in Group F – alongside Bosnia, Nigeria and Asia qualifiers Iran – in what is a somewhat straightforward group for the South Americans.
And following a recent post on his Facebook page, Messi was taunted by over 30,000 Iran supporters ahead of the clash in Brazil next summer.
The 26-year-old had uploaded a clip of a new ‘selfie shootout’ between him and Kobe Bryant for Turkish Airlines – prior to the abuse.
However, the negative comments were soon outweighed by favourable ones – as many Iranian natives apologised for the remarks, insisting that Messi will continue to be a hero to them.
He is currently out injured with a hamstring problem and hopes to return in time for the New Year, with his country one of the favourites for next summer’s tournament.
Barca made light work of their Copa del Rey clash with minnows FC Cartagena on Friday night, winning 4-1.
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