Messi's statue vandalised again in Buenos Aires

Lionel Messi statue vandalised for second time this year

On Monday, the famous bronze statue of Argentine Football star Lionel Messi was chopped off just above the ankles, with the main "body" left lying on the pavement.

Messi ended up extending his Barcelona contract, as he had always meant to do, and Guardiola claimed on Tuesday that reports of City's massive offer were "not true".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola denies reports that the club offered Lionel Messi a huge financial package in order to leave Barcelona. As with the first incident, authorities have yet to identify any suspects.


Messi's statue was installed in June 2016, and the honor was widely viewed as an attempt to get him to reconsider his decision to retire from Argentina's national team, following his country's defeat to Chile in the Copa America final. In 2014, the racket held by Sabatini's statue was cut off and stolen.

The 30-year-old Messi is his country's all-time leading scorer with 61 goals in 123 appearances and it was his hat-trick against Ecuador in Argentina's 3-1 win in their final qualifier on October 10 that secured the nation their place at the 2018 World Cup.

During his 13 years at Camp Nou, Messi has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and five Copas del Rey.

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