The battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has gone to a new level. Now, statues are involved.
What on earth does that mean? Well, let us tell you. There's a statue of Ronaldo in his home town of Madeira, Portugal.
Earlier this year it was targeted by fans of Messi, who covered the tribute to the town's greatest son in a crude paint version of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's Barcelona shirt. Check out the image below for the evidence.
Now it seems that local town officials have decided that they can't risk the same thing happening again, and the Mirror are now reporting that the statue was seen being taken down, wrapped up and carted away this week.
Weirdly, they claim that the statue, which stood in its previous location following its unveiling in 2014, was transported in 'a coffin-like wooden box', which is wrong on so many different levels.
Ronaldo said at the grand opening ceremony: “This is a very special moment, to have a statue of me.”
When the statue was unveiled, perhaps it's most noticeable feature was the sizeable metal bulge in its shorts. One Twitter user observed: "Messi might be better on the pitch but ronaldo got the statue bulge game locked down."
Of course, the battle for supremacy between Messi and Ronaldo is legendary. The two superstars have dominated the world of football for the best part of a decade, and have locked up the Ballon d'Or between themselves since 2007.
There are claims that Ronaldo is on the wane however having recently turned 31. The Real Madrid ace still has 28 goals in 30 La Liga appearances, but has been unable to help Madrid keep pace with Messi's Barcelona this season.
The Catalan club are 10 points clear of their rivals with 30 games gone, while Atletico Madrid sit between the two teams in second place.
Will Ronaldo be able to match Messi's Ballon d'Or tally before he retires?
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