​A statue of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez in his home city of Salto, Uruguay was damaged as while he celebrated at teammate Lionel Messi's wedding.

The monument was found toppled over in the early hours of Sunday morning, with a cryptic note left behind.

"I went to Messi's wedding, I'll be back soon," the message placed next to the upended statue read.

The real motive behind the vandalism is as yet unclear, although some have speculated it could be related to the historic rivalry between Argentina and Uruguay.

Suarez's statue, which depicts the prolific forward in the light blue colours of his country, was unveiled last July.

Messi faced a similar situation earlier this year when thieves made off with the top half of his statue in Buenos Aires.


Suarez joined footballing royalty - past and present - at the wedding of Messi and his bride Antonella Roccuzzo in Rosario.

Gerard Pique and Shakira attended alongside most of the Barcelona squad and Argentina national team, as well as former Barça stars Cesc Fabregas, Samuel Eto'o and Xavi Hernandez.

Fans from Messi's hometown gathered at the city's airport to greet the arriving stars, many of whom arrived at the wedding via private jet.

Notable absentees from the 260 guests at the ceremony were former coach Pep Guardiola, long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona, ​who later joked that his invitation must have been "lost somewhere".

"My attitude towards Messi will not change because of this," he promised. "He is a good athlete and an excellent guy.”