A bronze statue of Lionel Messi has been chopped in half in a bizarre act of vandalism.
The sculpture was only unveiled in Buenos Aires in June but is now in need of urgent repair after the head, arms and torso were removed.
The statue is one of several tributes to Argentinian sports stars along Glory Street in the country’s capital. As yet, police have not made any announcement about the perpetrators.
The vandalism took place hours before Messi missed out on FIFA’s Player of the Year Award to long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Barcelona wizard did not attend ‘The Best’ ceremony in Zurich, partly to avoid playing second fiddle to the Real Madrid star.