Messi asked to 'join the jihadist call'?

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks on the pitch during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match...

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks on the pitch during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Iran at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET

MANAUS, Brazil -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush once referred to this group as the Axis of Evil.

No, not FIFA, the embattled organization running this World Cup.

You know, places like Iraq and North Korea.

A Sunni militant group has reportedly reached out to Lionel Messi about "joining the jihadist call."

News of the Argentine playmaker's two goals through two group games here in Brazil have apparently reached Iraq.

According to a report from Arabic news agency Mahr, and translated by an English-language Iranian blog, the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has congratulated Messi for his fantastic game-winner against Iran last weekend.

They've even asked him to join their cause, a proposition the 27-year-old will undoubtedly ignore -- we think.

The Islamic militant group has unsettled U.S. gains in Iraq in an effort to return to traditional -- some would say archaic -- Muslim traditions.

Think ISIS approaching the world's top player is a joke? Check out what the Internet has done with North Korea's feared leader.

During last weekend's Algeria-South Korea match, fans could only wonder what Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was up to.

Here were some of the guesses.

North Korea, you'll remember, qualified for the World Cup in 2010 before losing all three of its group games.

They did, however, come close to stunning Brazil before falling 2-1 in a match that captivated the world.


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