The statue of Argentine football star Lionel Messi situated at the Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires has been chopped again. This is for the second time Messi’s statue was chopped off. It appears to be the legs of the player statue was cut, leaving the body of the statue across the pavement on Costanera Sur. The Police said the motive of this action was unclear. The police are investigating on targetting the vandals.
This statue was unvield on Paseo de la Gloria in June 2016. Paseo de la Gloria has the casts of other famous Argentine sports stars such as tennis player Gabriela Sabatini and basketball player Manuel Ginobili.
Messi’s statue was cut in half at the waist by vandals and thieves earlier in January of this year.
Messi has won four European Cups, eight league titles, five Ballons d’Or and three Club World Cups. But still he has not won a World Cup for his country. He only had an Olympic gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing for his International Team. When he missed in the penalty shootout against Chile in the Copa America final in June 2016, the Argentine football fans were ruthless in their criticism.
Messi recently saved Argentina with hat-trick against Ecuador in 2018 World Cup qualification match, which ensure a place for Argentina in the 2018 World Cup.