Solid gold replica of foot of Messi goes on sale in Japan
AFPTOKYO -- A solid gold replica of soccer player Lionel Messi's left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, is to go on sale in Japan, a jeweler said Wednesday.
March 7, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The 25-kilogram (55-pound) statue, worth US$5.25 million, was created from a mould of the star striker's foot by Ginza Tanaka to mark Messi's record-breaking fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or award.
The company said the golden foot is due to go on sale on Thursday, along with a number of miniature versions and a solid gold plate of the Barcelona FC frontman's footprint, the company said.
Part of the profits from the sale will go to help people affected by the quake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago next Monday, through the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity run by the Messi family.