Statue of Barcelona's Messi vandalised again

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The Messi sculpture in Buenos Aires was vandalised by miscreants.

The statue of Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalised again – this time the Argentine hero was cut off at the ankles between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Messi’s boots still chased a ball on the plinth while the severed body was pushed to the ground and left lying there.

The statue was erected in June 2016 after Messi had announced his retirement, brief as it turned out, from the national team.

It was first attacked in early January when the Barcelona star was sliced in half across the torso.

The statue is on the Promenade de Glorias, alongside monuments to other Argentinian sporting heroes including NBA veteran Manu Ginobili, tennis star Guillermo Vilas and Formula One great Juan Manuel Fangio.

Messi’s neighbours have not been immune to attack. In 2016, Gabriela Sabatini’s tennis racket was stolen.

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Argentina and Spain drawn in World Cup group of death in mock draw

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Ahead of Friday 1st December's main event, the team at Sport360 held their own FIFA World Cup draw, to show some of the complications surrounding the draw and also see who could potentially be grouped together.

Argentina, Spain, Japan and Costa Rica were pitted together in a group of death in our mock-up while England, Portugal, South Korea and Egypt landed in another tough quartet.

Check out our full draw prediction in the video above.


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Saudi appoint Pizzi to replace former UAE coach Bauza

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The Chilean will represent Saudi Arabia at the World Cup 2018 draw.

Saudi Arabia have turned to ex-Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi as the latest man to lead them at World Cup 2018 after last week’s swift dismissal of ex-UAE supremo Edgardo Bauza.

The Saudi Football Federation last Wednesday sacked Bauza just two months and five friendlies after his shock defection from the Whites.

This followed a terminal breakdown in relations with the Netherlands’ Bert van Maarwijk, despite him ending a wait since 2006 to feature in the globe’s grandest football tournament.

Pizzi, 49, is expected to represent the country on Friday in Moscow at the draw for next year’s event.

Pizzi replaces Edgardo Bauza who was dismissed last week.

Pizzi replaces Edgardo Bauza who was dismissed last week.

The ex-Barcelona striker coached Chile to the 2016 Copa America title and also coached Valencia between 2013-14.

“We wanted Pizzi because of his achievements in the past and his ambitions for the future,” Saudi Arabian Football Federation president Abdel bin Mohammed Ezzat said in a statement. “We will do all we can to support him during preparations for the World Cup.”

Saudi Arabia, whose best World Cup effort came with a run to the last 16 on their tournament debut in 1994, booked their ticket for Russia by finishing second to Japan in Asian qualifying Group B.

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