At this point in his career, it is easy to argue that Barça’s Lionel Messi is currently the best player in professional soccer right now. However, not many would have guessed being the best meant people wanted a solid gold replica of his bare foot.
In 2012, Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka made a cast of the Argentine striker’s foot. From that cast, Tanaka created the golden foot to commemorate Messi winning his fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or.
The foot went on sale last week for about 500 million (about US $5.2 million) along with 50 limited edition Messi footprint plates made of 300 grams of gold each, which will cost 8.75 million yen (about US $93,000).
Messi’s eldest brother, Rodrigo Messi, was on hand for the unveiling in Tokyo, and said, “It’s amazing that you can make an object so well, with an exceptional mold, which shows every feature of Leo’s foot.”
Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to Messi’s children’s foundation.