Watch How Messi Had His Left Foot Immortalised in a Golden Cast Worth $5.3 Million
- A Tokyo-based jeweller created a gold cast of Lionel Messi’s left foot in honour of his fourth Ballon d’Or win
- The gold cast of Messi's foot weighs 25kg and is 10 inches tall
- It is valued at an eyewatering £3.4 million ($5.3 million)
Lionel Messi had his left foot immortalised in a golden cast on the back of winning his fourth Ballon d'Or prize in 2013.
The Argentine genius became the first player to win the coveted individual diadem on four occasions and it was only befitting that his magic wand of a left leg was eternalised.
In captivating footage, shared on social media, seen by Sports Brief, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar was filmed in good spirits while his left foot got immortalised.
Barca Worldwide reports that the golden foot was auctioned off to raise funds to help victims of the Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.
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How was Messi's foot immortalised?
A worker from Tokyo-based jewellery company Ginza Tanaka travelled to Spain for the essential step in creating the gold model of Messi's left foot.
Messi, who inspired Argentina to World Cup success, placed his foot in a container which was filled with molten substance for the sculpting to take place.
The former Barcelona talisman also signed his autograph for the complete seal of authentication.
According to SportBIBLE, Messi's golden foot was valued at $5.3 million (£3.4 million).
Messi: Destined for greatness
While some may be surprised that Messi is still outperforming many modern-day stars, when one looks at his early career, it's easy to see why he's so good now.
Goal recently shared a video of Messi as a youngster and one thing that stands out is his determination.
The video was from when Messi first joined Barcelona. The Paris Saint-Germain star joined Barca as a 13-year-old in 2000.
Messi wears Arabian cloak
Sports Brief earlier reported that just before Lionel Messi was about to lift the World Cup trophy after Argentina had beaten France to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a Qatari royal dressed the PSG star in an Arabian cloak.
The dress known as Bisht in the Arab world is a common traditional attire that is worn on special occasions such as weddings and Islamic festivals including the Eid. A holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and the Eid-ul-Adha, a celebration of Abraham's sacrifice.
For the people of Qatar, who were represented by an Emir during the trophy presentation, they wanted their first World Cup as host to be celebrated as well as make it a Messi moment.
Source: Sports Brief News