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Sports Football 13 Jan 2016 Messi's name painted ...

Messi's name painted on Ronaldo's statue in Portugal

DECCAN CHRONICLE / AP
Published Jan 13, 2016, 12:59 pm IST
Updated Jan 13, 2016, 1:17 pm IST
Messi's jersey number also was tagged with red paint on Ronaldo's full-figured statue in Funchal.
Portuguese and Spanish media say the statue was vandalised early Tuesday, a day after Messi won the Ballon d'Or in Zurich to end Ronaldo's two-year hold on soccer's top individual honour. (Photo: AP)
 Portuguese and Spanish media say the statue was vandalised early Tuesday, a day after Messi won the Ballon d'Or in Zurich to end Ronaldo's two-year hold on soccer's top individual honour. (Photo: AP)

Madrid: Vandals in Portugal have painted Lionel Messi's name on a Cristiano Ronaldo statue in Portugal.

Messi's jersey number also was tagged with red paint on Ronaldo's full-figured statue in Funchal, the Portuguese striker's hometown.

 

Portuguese and Spanish media say the statue was vandalised early Tuesday, a day after Messi won the Ballon d'Or in Zurich to end Ronaldo's two-year hold on soccer's top individual honour.

Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro, expressed her displeasure about the act.

“Most of us should thank and salute to this man, it's thanks to him that a lot of Madeirenses still have their jobs," she said.

“My beautiful island, regrettably, is still inhabited by some frustrated savages who deserve to live in Syria, between people that show no respect and hold no value for life in society. I apologise for the ones who live the sadness of war, but I believe some people don't belong on the land they live in,” she added.

Local media said the statue was cleaned by the end of the day Tuesday, but officials were still searching for the vandals.

Ronaldo's statue was inaugurated in 2014 with the presence of the Real Madrid player and his close relatives.

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Location: Spain, Madrid, Madrid




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