Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Lionel Messi statue vandalised again in Argentina

Lionel Messi statue vandalised again in Argentina

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero says the national team will always be dependent on Lionel Messi.

The bronze statue of the Argentine forward was cut off at the ankles and the rest of the statue was found on its side next to the pedestal.

Maradona expressed reservations about the country's prospects following Friday's draw and said Argentina could not be playing "any worse than they are" under coach Jorge Sampaoli.

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The act of vandalism carried out today wasn't the first time the statue had been damaged. In January this year, the same statue was vandalised by angry Argentina fans who cut the statue in half.

Vandals cut down the sculpture of the iconic star from the ankles completely ruining
Vandals cut down the sculpture of the iconic star from the ankles completely ruining

The statue was originally sculpted to reverse the playmaker's decision to retire from worldwide football following Argentina's Copa America final defeat.

The statue was mounted in June 2016.

Messi recently saved Argentina's 2018 World Cup place when he scored a hat-trick against Ecuador in October.

It's certainly not the only Messi statue, so the vandals have more work to do.

Alongside the image of Messi stands other greats such as tennis stars Gabriela Sabatini and Guillermo Vilas, NBA basketball sensation Manu Ginobili and motorsport hero Juan Manuel Fangio. At times it can be hurtful but the best thing about him is that he is direct. A number of fans treat him as an outsider because he left for Spain at the young age of 13.


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