Here’s What The Leo Messi Statue Looks Like After Being Cut In Half By Vandals

Back in June of 2016, Argentina unveiled a bronze statue of its current soccer megastar, Lionel Messi. The statue was meant honor Messi’s athleticism and contributions to the game of fútbol. It was meant to to stand the test of time, just like Messi’s legacy. Unfortunately, vandals had other plans for the statue.

Here’s what the Messi statue used to look like.


The statue was unveiled shortly after Messi announced his plans to retire from the national team. He later changed his mind about all that.

But vandals took their frustrations out on the statue, so here’s what the Messi statue looks like now.

Usually when someone destroys a piece of art, it’s called defacing. This statue was not only defaced, but also de-torsoed and de-armed.

Even cut in half, the statue was still standing.

This proves that even in statue form, Leo Messi never dives.

CREDIT: CuleDelBarca’s channel / YOutube

This isn’t the first time a statue honoring an Argentine athlete has been vandalized. In 2014, tennis player Gabriela Sabatini’s statue had her tennis racket stolen.

Here’s a closer look.

Both statues are part of Buenos Aires famous Paseo de la Gloria, a walkway which features many statues honoring Argentine sports legends.


Along with Sabatini and Messi, the street features legends like Diego Maradona (soccer), Pascual Pérez (boxing), Emanuel “Manu” Ginobili (basketball), and many others.

Fans looking to get a photo with the bottom half of Messi will have to wait. Argentina’s government has already taken the statue away for repairs.

Just like Messi, this statue isn’t ready for retirement.

But it could have been worse — the entire world could have turned on him just because he was trying to do his job!

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Little Dude Who Made Messi Jersey Out Of Plastic Bag Finally Meets Hero


Little Dude Who Made Messi Jersey Out Of Plastic Bag Finally Meets Hero

Remember Murtaza Ahmadi, the Afghan child who showed off his homemade Leo Messi jersey earlier this year?

CREDIT: Murtaza.Amahdi10/Instagram

Using a plastic back and a few markers, Ahmadi made a jersey to honor his favorite soccer player. Not only did the jersey receive tons of love from the DIY population, the image went viral and eventually caught the attention of Lionel Messi himself.

Messi, with the help of UNICEF, sent the then five-year-old a legit jersey, complete with autograph.

No more plastic bags.

But that wasn’t the end of the story.

Thanks to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the agency in charge of planning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Ahmadi finally got to meet his hero!

Los Sueños se hacen realidad ? #Messi y #MurtazaAhmadi ❤

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A spokesman for SC told reporters, “Murtaza’s dream was to meet his hero. We are in a fortunate position here that we were able to bring them together. It’s about a kid and his dream. That’s it. That pretty much sums up the power of football.”

But that wasn’t all, Ahmadi was invited onto the field to take a photo with Barcelona.


Ahmadi even got to make the official ball placement in the middle of the field.


And when it was time for the game to start, Ahmadi decided he was ready to take on the pros.


Ahmadi joined Barcelona as they were getting ready to start the game.

Messi stepped in to let Ahmadi know that there was a front row seat waiting waiting for him.


But Ahmadi wasn’t about to walk away from his hero.

Finally the referee jumped in and made the most heartwarming ejection soccer has ever seen.


Announcers couldn’t get enough of the Ahmadi, saying, “he obviously thought he was going to play on the pitch, but never mind.  He’s going to get a great view for the remainder of the game.”

It started with a plastic bag, some markers, and a whole lot of heart…

… but Ahmadi got to experience his dream come true.

Messi with Murtaza. Dreams do come true❤️?❤️? #messi #murtazaahmadi

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In a short statement, Ahmadi told the SC, “I’m very happy to have met my hero. It is a dream for me. I can’t wait to see Messi at the game, it will be the first time for me in the stadium.”

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1 Plastic Bag Made Soccer Dreams Come True For This Little Dude


1 Plastic Bag Made Soccer Dreams Come True For This Little Dude

An Afghan child spotted wearing Messi’s soccer jersey made out of a plastic bag has created a worldwide stir.

Murtaza Ahmadi is a 5-year-old who’s a big fan of both Messi and soccer. According to his dad, Arif Ahmadi, “[he] wakes up in the middle of the night, he starts crying that he wants to go to Messi.”

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Because they can’t afford to go to town to buy a jersey, his brother helped him make one out of a plastic bag. Resourcefulness for the win!

And, word on the street (or Messi’s fan club Twitter account), is that Messi is planning to surprise Murtaza!

Credit: @messi10stats / Twitter

In the meantime, Murtaza finally got a REAL Messi jersey.

Credit: @messi10stats / Twitter

Read more about Messi’s biggest, littlest fan from CNN here.

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