Argentina professional footballer Lionel Messi statue has broken in half, with the upper body, arms and head in Buenos Aires. The statue was unveiled in June soon after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile.
The statue was placed on the Paseo de la Gloria walkway overlooking the River Plate was cut off at the waist leaving only the lower body and a ball.
The City Hall said that they do not know who was responsible for the motive for the damage.
As per the reports, the city culture Secretariat said on Tuesday that “It was the victim of an act of vandalism. The city government is already working on repairs.”
Horacio Rodriguez Larreta unveiled the 29-years-old statue in a bid to convince Messi to overturn his decision to retire from the international duty and next to his shocking defeat to Chile in the Copa America.
The Barcelona forward, who has returned to the international duty for World Cup qualifiers in September, is extensively loved by his homeland.
He does, but, have his critics, particularly those who are critical of his performances for Argentina, who have missed three major finals in two years, as well as in 2014 World Cup.
The walkway has statues of Argentine sports greats including racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, NBA basketball star Manu Ginobili, golfer Roberto de Vicenzo and tennis players Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.