A statue of Argentina and Barcelona football star has been vandalized in Buenos Aires. The bronze statue, which was inaugurated in July to convince the five time Ballon D’ Or winner to reconsider his retirement from international football.The statue was cut in half with torso, head and arms removed.

“The statue of Lionel Messi… was victim of an act of vandalism that left the footballer’s sculpture without its top half,” the Buenos Aires municipal government said in a statement.

“The city government is already working on its repair.”

This is what it looked like before:


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