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Lionel Messi's left foot is solid gold

March 07, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • A pure gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot, priced at $5.25 million, is unveiled in Tokyo.
A pure gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot, priced at $5.25 million,… (Franck Robichon / EPA )

A Japanese jeweler is selling a solid gold replica of soccer star Lionel Messi's left foot -- the one that has made the Argentine star the best player on the planet.

But it will cost you: The asking price for the 55-pound statue is $5.25 million.

The detailed golden foot -- the statue is complete with blood vessels and swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes -- was created by Tokyo-based jeweler Ginza Tanaka to celebrate Messi's unprecedented Ballon d'Or award in January.

Messi is the only player in history to win the FIFA player of the year trophy four times -- and his wins came in consecutive years.

The company marketing the golden cast said a number of miniature versions of the statue as well as a solid gold plate of the Barcelona FC frontman's footprint will also be for sale.

Part of the profits from the sales will go to the player's charity, the Leo Messi Foundation, to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan two years ago.

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