Lionel Messi poses with his four Ballon d’Or trophies aka golden ball trophies after winning the World Player accolade for a fourth straight year. (Rondeau/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports)
Lionel Messi’s left foot has been solid gold for his club teams and for Argentina for years. Any soccer — ahem, futbol — fan can tell you that.
According to USA Today, apparently Ginza Tanaka, an extremely high-end Tokyo jeweler, took that phrase extremely literally.
A detailed look at the Tanaka statue of Messi’s foot (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images, via USA Today)
Tanaka decided to commemorate Messi’s unprecedented fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or (awarded each year to the best soccer player in the world), which he won in January, with an extremly detailed statue of Messi’s left foot.
“It’s exceptional. You can see each line in the foot. It’s an impressive piece of work,” Messi’s brother Rodrigo, who attended the unveiling said.
Exceptional, indeed, and it can be yours as well. If you’re the type of person who just happens to collect foot statues — as well as the type of person with $5.25 million to spare on them, that is.
Rodrigo Messi poses with Golden statue of the left foot (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images, via USA Today)
Some of the proceeds will be going to those affected by the recent tsunami and earthquake that rocked Japan in March of 2011.
That being said, this is a 55-pound golden foot. It’s not exactly like Tanaka and his team were trying to save the world here.
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