Gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot on sale in Japan | inside World Soccer

A pure gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot is to go on sale in Japan for $5.25 million.

Golden statue of the left foot of Lionel Messi is displayed at the launching at Harajuku Quest Hall
Golden statue of the left foot of Lionel Messi is displayed at the launching at Harajuku Quest Hall

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The 25-kilogram statue was created by Japanese jeweller Ginza Tanaka to commemorate Messi's record-breaking fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or award.

Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo where the work of art was unveiled, Messi's brother Rodrigo said: "It's exceptional. You can see each line in the foot. It's an impressive piece of work."

The jeweler said he cast Messi's foot in Spain at the end of 2012, a year in which the 25-year-old scored an incredible 91 goals for Barcelona and Argentina.

"We loved the sound of making the 'Golden Left Foot', and it being gold, it was our goal to make the project of recreating Messi's left foot a reality," said Masakazu Tanaka, president of the company that made the golden artifact.

The Tokyo-based jeweller has also made 50 pieces "Golden Foot Plates" and 100 "Golden Foot Minis", on sale for $94,500 and $42,000 respectively.

"I'm honoured to have my foot recreated in pure gold," Messi said.

Part of the profits from the sale will go to the Leo Messi foundation, which in turn will go to help people affected by the quake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago.

If you're interested then you must act fast because the one of a kind item will only be available from March 7 to June 6, 2013.


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