Though constantly standing tall among his peers on the pitch, disgruntled fans will not let the statue of Lionel Messi do same as they have vandalized his image yet again.

Messi’s statue, which is placed along other Argentina sports stars in the ‘Garden of Glory’, was cut off by the ankles possibly between Sunday night and Monday.

The thieves only left his legs and a football behind.

The statue was mounted in June 2016.

It was first vandalised early this year, when the head and arms were cut off.

Last year, the statue of former women’s tennis star Gabrielle Sabatini was vandalised with her racket stolen.

Could the supporters of the Super Eagles or any of the other 2018 World Cup Group D rivals Croatia and Iceland be behind this latest dastard act… the police will have to unravel that.

But with or without his standing statue, the contribution of Messi to football is too enormous to be wished away.

Indeed, Argentina will be grateful to the 30-year old who lead his country through a laboured qualifying campaign to Russia 2018.

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