World Cup 2018: Messi fan commits suicide in West Bengal after defeat to France

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Monotosh Halder, a 20-year-old Messi and Argentina fan, committed suicide in Habibpur which is in West Bengal's Malda district after the Albicelestes went down 4-3 to France in the Round of 16 of the ongoing World Cup in Russia.

Halder, an ardent Messi fan, was heartbroken after his favourite team's ouster from the elite competition. He skipped dinner on Saturday night and went off to sleep locking the doors of his bedroom.

On Sunday morning, even after several attempts when he did not open the door, the police was informed. The door was breached by the police and Halder's dead body was found hanging from the ceiling. 

"My son had no illness. He was an Argentina fan and every day he used to remain glued to the TV since the world cup had started. He was distraught after Argentina's loss to France. But we never thought he would do something like this," said Mongol Halder, father of the deceased. 

Meanwhile, Malda police have started a probe. "We are investigating the case. It seems that he has committed suicide since Argentina lost in the world cup," said the police. 

Another incident of suicide had been earlier reported from Kerala when a 30-year-old's body was recovered from of a nearby river in Kottayam. The youth had penned a suicide letter and went missing after Argentina's humiliating 3-0 defeat against Croatia on June 21. 

Both Kerala and West Bengal are footballing hotbeds of India and South American countries like Brazil and Argentina are hugely popular among the masses.