Messi's statue in Argentina has its legs cut off

Messi's Statue In Argentina Vandalised Again

Angry Fans Demolish Lionel Messi's Statue In Argentina

Pep Guardiola has denied reports Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a EUR100million bonus to sign with the Premier League club, insisting the Argentina superstar was never going to leave Barcelona.

The statue was erected in June 2016 after Messi had announced his retirement, brief as it turned out, from the national team.

Local police are investigating the incident and are on the lookout for the perpetrators.

In January, Messi's statue was discovered without its top half, as vandals apparently made off with its torso, arms and head.

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The statue was originally sculpted to reverse the playmaker's decision to retire from worldwide football following Argentina's Copa America final defeat. Having seen two acts of vandalism that destroyed the statue that is situated on the "Glory Walkway" alongisde statues of other Argentine stars such as Gabriela Sabatini (tennis), Guillermo Vilas (tennis), and Juan Manuel Fangio (Formula One).

Only recently, with Argentina looking as if they wouldn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup, in Russian Federation, it was Messi that came to the fore and guaranteed their place in the tournament by scoring a hat-trick in the vital qualifier against Ecuador.

The Spaniard would love to lure Messi to Manchester to help him establish City as the most powerful and successful side in Europe.

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