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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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Sharapova booked for endorsing a fake housing project in India!

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NEW DELHI: Police here has booked Maria Sharapova for endorsing a fake housing project facilitating cheats deprive home-buyers of hard-earned money.

According to details tennis star visited India in 2013 to endorse the housing project in Gurgaon called Ballet by Sharapova that never took off.

She was booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy when an aggrieved buyer went to the court against her.

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Afghan cricketers bulldoze Pakistan to win their first-ever ACC Under-19 Asia Cup!

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KUALA LUMPUR: Kinrara Academy Oval here was the venue where Pakistani team suffered humiliating defeat today when Afghans crushed them to claim their first-ever ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. 

While Afghans scored 248 for seven, Green Shirts went back to the pavilion scoring 63 in 22.1 overs.

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Afghanistan to face Pakistan in under-19 Youth Asia Cup’s final on Sunday

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KUALA LUMPUR: Afghanistan crushed Nepal in ACC Under-19 Youth Asia Cup’s second semifinal here on Friday.

The forceful seven-wicket victory saw Afghanistan marching into the final against Pakistan, schedule for Sunday.

Pakistan on Thursday (16th of November) has already qualified for the final of Under-19 Asia Cup here by defeating Bangladesh in the first semi-final.

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