In Paseo de las Glorias in Buenos Aires there is a statue of Argentina captain Lionel Messi, and on Sunday night it became the victim of a vandalism attack, with both legs being removed.
It’s the second time the statue has been vandalised, following its unveiling on June 28, 2016
The sculpture, which was created by Carlos Benavides, will now be transferred to the Department of Monuments and Works of Art in the Argentine capital.
Paseo de las Glorias displays a number of statues of famous Argentinian sporting figures, including basketball player Manu Ginobili, former rugby star Hugo Porta, Luciana Aymar who made their name in field hockey, and Roberto de Vincenzo, Pascual Perez and Juan Manuel Fangio from golf, boxing and Formula 1 respectively.
The area has undergone significant redevelopment as Buenos Aires prepares to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.