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Messi’s Left Foot Gold Sculpture by Ginza Tanaka for $5.25 Million

Rodrigo Messi, brother of football star Lionel Messi of Argentine (R) and Ginza Tanaka President Masakazu Tanaka (L) unveil the golden replica of Lionel Messi's left foot

Ginza Tanaka, a Japanese jeweller who created World’s Most Expensive Christmas Tree Worth $2 Million has now shown its skill and creativity by producing a £3.5 million ($5.25 million) gold sculpture of Messi’s left foot in tribute to the Argentine forward’s four-consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or awards as the best player in the world.

“I’m honoured to have my foot recreated in pure gold,” said Messi in a video message during the presentation. Messi’s brother, Rodrigo, present at the unveiling, added: “It’s exceptional, you can see each line on the foot.”

An employee of Ginza Tanaka poses beside the golden replica of football star Lionel Messi of Argentine's left foot
An employee of Ginza Tanaka poses beside the golden replica of football star Lionel Messi of Argentine’s left foot

This exact replica of Messi’s left foot is a 25 kilogram solid gold statue around 25 x 28 x 16, which was made in Spain in the end of 2012, a year in which Messi scored the record breaking figure of 91 goals.

According to Naoto Mizuki of Ginza Tanaka, it has been hard to find a buyer for the golden replica of the source of so many of Messi’s goals.

“It’s a little expensive but it’s meant for wealthy people around the world. We tried to sell it to a Japanese audience but maybe people from all over the world will be interested in this,” he said.

There are various speculations who could be a lucky buyer: maybe some Russian billionaires, Florentino Perez and even Silvio Berlusconi.

However, regardless of who buys Messi’s left foot, the part of the profits from sale will go to help some of the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan two years ago through the Leo Messi Foundation.

Ginza Tanaka has also produced Messi’s golden footprint, which costs £63,000 ($95,000), as well as a mini version of the golden foot; worth £28,000 ($42,000). [The Golden Foot]

Messi’s Left Foot Gold Sculpture by Ginza Tanaka
Messi’s Left Foot Gold Sculpture by Ginza Tanaka
Rodrigo Messi, brother of football star Lionel Messi of Argentina, with Messi’s Left Foot Gold Sculpture
Rodrigo Messi, brother of football star Lionel Messi of Argentina, with Messi’s Left Foot Gold Sculpture
Messi's golden footprint by Ginza Tanaka
Messi’s golden footprint by Ginza Tanaka
Messi’s Left Foot mini version by Ginza Tanaka
Messi’s Left Foot mini version by Ginza Tanaka

 

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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