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Messi statue ‘decapitated’ in Argentina

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BUENOS AIRES: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s statue here was broke into two pieces when vandals attacked it on Tuesday, leaving the sculpture of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner without its head or torso.

“The statue of Lionel Messi fell victim to an act of vandalism that left it without its top half,” the Buenos Aires city government said in a statement.

The vandalised sculpture of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi is pictured at the "walk of fame" in Buenos Aires on January 10, 2017. Vandals in Buenos Aires destroyed a statue of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, leaving the sculpture of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner without its head or torso on Tuesday.  / AFP PHOTO / Leo RAMIREZ

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Sculpted out of black marble, the statue of the soccer star was erected last June just after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile, after which the 29-year-old Messi announced his international retirement.

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According to local media, the monument is far from the first to be targeted in the area with that of former US Open champion Gabriela Sabatini stripped of its racquet not long ago.

Tributes to Messi as well as the likes of basketball star Manu Ginobili, four-time tennis Grand Slam winner Guillermo Vilas and Formula One great Juan Manuel Fangio are all located along the Buenos Aires “walk of fame”.

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Third Edition of PSL to be launched in Dubai tomorrow!

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DUBAI: The 3rd edition of PSL will kick-start from tomorrow (Thursday 22nd of February, 2018) with Peshawar Zalmi taking on Multan Sultans after the opening ceremony.  

 

 

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PSL trophy (2018) unveiled in Dubai!

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DUBAI: Captains of each of the PSL franchises jointly unveiled PSL’s Trophy here for third season commencing on Thursday 22nd of November.

A Presser followed the ceremony that was addressed by Najam Sethi (PSL Chief), captains Darren Sammy, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Brendon McCullum, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed.

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In fiery exchange about private life Amir Khan throws water at Phil Le Greco!

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Reacting to Canadian Phil Lo Greco’s pointing to his family issues at a pre-fight promotional event here on Tuesday (30th of January), Amir Khan threw water at him causing a skirmish on-stage.

While referring to a tweet Khan sent to Anthony Joshua (in August 2017 concerning to his own marriage and Khan later apologized to the British heavyweight for sending it) Lo Greco said: “After the Canelo loss you went on a losing streak – family, wife, and then you go out and tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world. What is wrong with you, mate?”

Khan said that his opponent’s behavior would serve as motivation to give that guy a beating. The 31-year-old British, former world champion,  is scheduled to clash with 33-year-old former WBC International Welterweight Champion Phil Le Creco on 21st April in Liverpool. 

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