- On 29 May 2012, the US media giants mistakenly announced the death of Messi to 'cardiopulmonary arrest during training' via their Latin American Twitter account.
- The tweet was quickly removed, with Fox Sports admitting they were 'hacked'.
"We announce the sad news that Lionel Messi died of cardiopulmonary arrest during training," read the message when translated from Spanish to English.
A hashtag "#RIP Messi" added even more fuel as Fox Sports Latin America’s official handle (@FOXSports_norte) almost brought down the Internet 8 years ago.
The fake tweet was deleted in no time but the shockwaves had already been sent.
“We regret the earlier tweet and offer our apologies to those that were offended,” a Fox Sports statement said. “Clearly we were hacked.”
One of the most notorious cyber-attacks in sports media came a few hours after Messi proved to be very much alive, scoring his 73rd goal of the season in Barca's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final.