Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gold replica of Messi's left leg costing £3.4m unveiled

    A pure gold replica of Barcelona football star Lionel Messi's left foot, worth £3.4 million, was unveiled in Tokyo on Wednesday. Valued at US$5.25 million (£3.4m), the golden foot weighs 25kg and is 10 inches tall. In a video message, Lionel Messi said he was honoured to have his foot cast the precious metal. Lionel Messi's brother, Rodrigo Messi, who attended the news conference for the unveiling of the foot, said the replica was exceptional. "You can see each line on the foot. Its an impressive piece of work," Rodrigo said. The foot was created by Japanese jeweller Ginza Tanaka to commemorate the football player's achievements.

The jeweler said it had cast Messi's foot in Spain at the end of 2012, and brought the cast back to Japan for the production of the golden artifact. The foot will go on sale on Thursday, and will come with an official certification issued by the Leo Messi Foundation, which helps children at risk around the world.

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