Lionel Messi’s Buenos Aires statue was wrecked by vandals, yet again.
The Barcelona forward’s statue was discovered on the ground severed at the ankle, leaving only his disjointed, bronze feet kicking the soccer ball on its platform.
While authorities aren’t aware of who defiled the statue, it is not the first time it has occurred. In early 2017, the statue underwent repair after being sliced apart from the waist up.
The piece was constructed in 2016 and placed in “Paseo de la Gloria” (Walk of glory), the sculpture trail featuring some of the most talented athletes of Argentina. Messi is Argentina’s leading scorer with 61 goals. The figure was used to persuade Messi to end his momentary national team retirement which came following Argentina’s loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final when he missed a penalty.