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Kolkata Police’s Lionel Messi meme triggers storm on social media

The meme was Kolkata Police’s way of promoting West Bengal government’s ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ initiative for better traffic measures.

SNS | New Delhi |

Kolkata Police’s latest meme featuring Argentine legend Lionel Messi’s missed penalty against Iceland has created a storm on the social media.

In a tweet on Friday, Kolkata Police posted a meme captioned: ‘You’ll never miss a penalty. We won’t let you!’

The meme had Lionel Messi’s shocking penalty miss on the one side and a traffic police official issuing a challan to a defaulter on the other. The message was marked with the hashtag #SafeDriveSaveLife.

Kolkata Police also tweeted the same message in Bengali. “Sob penalty miss hoi na!” (All penalties are not missed!) read the Bengali version.

The meme was Kolkata Police’s way of promoting West Bengal government’s ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ initiative for better traffic measures.

The post has already received 5,500 reactions and has been shared over 2,400 times since it was uploaded on Kolkata Police’s Facebook page on Friday evening.

While a section of social media users was impressed by the punning and termed it as one of Kolkata Police’s best campaigns ever, others, mainly comprising Argentina and Messi fans, dubbed it “shameful” and accused the police of trolling one of the best football players in the world.

On 16 June, Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Iceland secured a famous 1-1 draw with Argentina in their Group D clash. Iceland qualified for the first time in FIFA World Cup 2018.

(With agency inputs)