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.
The statue was unveiled by Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta and stands alongside other great Argentine athletes, such as 1986 World Cup victor Diego Maradona and Formula One world champion Juan Manuel Fangio. As with the first incident, authorities have yet to identify any suspects. It was damaged in early January when the Barcelona star was sliced in half across the torso.
In 2016, Gabriela Sabatini's tennis racket was stolen.
Despite the statue being fixed soon after, however, the Daily Mail has now reported that looters have once again taken tools to the effigy - only this time they left the statue near its base after cutting it at ankle level. This despite Messi recently saving Argentina's bacon when he netted a hat-trick in the all-important World Cup qualifier against Ecuador in October.
During his 13 years at Camp Nou, Messi has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and five Copas del Rey.