Statue of the best player in world Lionel Messi broken off at the waist by brazen vandals in Buenos Aires

Only Lionel Messi's legs and a ball predictably attached to his left boot remain of a statue erected in his honor in Argentina.

The sculpture was unveiled only last June and was part of a campaign to get the Barcelona maestro to reconsider his international retirement – which he's since done.

The figure, which was constructed in an attempt to help convince the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to return to the national team during his brief retirement from the Albiceleste this summer, was found missing its top half.

However, officials in the Argentine capital said repairs have already begun.

The statue is located on the "Paseo de la Gloria" with other Argentine athletic figures such as tennis champion Gabriela Sabatini and NBA and world champion Manu Ginobili among others.

It was a piece of Messi magic which won them a point, with a 90th-minute free-kick creeping under the crossbar. But it was also two dropped points that give Real Madrid and unwanted buffer going into the second half of the season.


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