Did Lionel Messi just vandalize Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue? Well, of course not. And certainly not after receiving the best footballer on the planet award. The incident was reported just a day after Messi received his fifth Ballon d’Or ending Ronaldo’s hold on the award for three consecutive years.
As per the ESPN reports, “Vandals in Portugal painted Lionel Messi’s name on a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal on Tuesday.”
“Messi’s shirt number was also smeared in red paint on the statue in Funchal, Real Madrid and Portugal striker Ronaldo’s hometown.”
— AS English (@English_AS) January 12, 2016
It was later reported that the statue was cleaned by the end of the day and there was a search for the vandals, noted Skysports. The 11-foot bronze Ronaldo effigy was unveiled back in 2014 in the presence of the ace Portuguese.
“It’s a shameful act committed out of jealousy towards him,” said Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro.
“The rage that some unloved and frustrated fatheads display in public in a disgraceful way which leaves me as a Portuguese person ashamed and sad.”
Security was briefed up in front of Ronaldo’s local home. There wasn’t any trace of motive as to why anyone would vandalize the statue.
Messi was on the list of top three footballers in the World. The list also included Barcelona star forward and Brazilian great Neymar Jr. and Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi was awarded the best footballer on the planet tag again this year after getting it in 2012.
As per the Mirror UK reports, “Messi took top spot with 41.33 percent, ahead of Ronaldo with 27.76 percent. Neymar finished in third with just 7.86 percent.”
It seemed Messi wasn’t the favorite choice. The Goal.com quoted, “As many as 30 international captains failed to name Messi as one of their top three players of 2015, with some of the biggest names in football leaving the Barcelona star out.”