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Marcos Rojo ignites controversy after posting picture of drug lord Pablo Escobar on Instagram

Marcos Rojo was publicly slammed on social media after uploading a photo of drug smuggler Pablo Escobar on his Instagram page.

News 07 Jan 2015, 20:13 IST
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Marcos Rojo facing a lot of heat for his Instagram post on Pablo Escobar

Argentinian international defender Marcos Rojo has ignited a controversy by uploading a photo of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar on his Instagram page. The Manchester United player angered many Colombians by posting the picture of the cocaine trafficker, who was accused of killings hundreds of his countrymen during the 1980s and 1990s.

The Daily Mail reported that the 24-year-old has enraged many Colombians with the picture of the notorious Escobar, also called “The King of Cocaine”, alongwith a caption that when translated reads. “Only those who went hungry with me and stood by me when I went through a bad time at some point in life will eat at my table.” 

Rojo publicly slammed after post about drug lord

Rojo’s update angered a lot of people and the post recieved a number of condemnatory responses. The fans replied online to show their contempt for the World Cup finalist’s social media update.

One of the fans, Jamie Ortega wrote, “Sh***y Argentines. They dignify Escobar because they didn't suffer the decades of pain our country experienced. I wish they'd had them in Argentina instead of here.” Another one called Andres Gonzalez agreed with Ortega's reply and added, “Simply seeing Escobar's picture is enough to generate disagreements of the deaths he caused.”

Escobar, who is regarded as one of the wealthiest criminals ever, was killed by police in Medellin, Colombia in 1993. The druglord is known to have been responsible for hundreds of deaths and is reported to have accumulated more than £20 billion in wealth.

The United player has been out of the team for their last six games because of a thigh injury, which he picked up in training before their 3-0 victory over Liverpool. The Argentinian, who moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in a £16 million deal, has been hampered by injuries in his first season at the club.

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