Golden replica of Messi's left foot on sale for ‘only’ $5.25m

A pure gold replica of 25-year-old soccer phenomenon, Lionel Messi's left foot, was revealed in Japan on Tuesday.

Created by Tokyo-based jeweller Ginza Tanaka, the piece is valued at $5.25 million and it was created, according to SNTV online, to celebrate the man voted the world’s best soccer player for the past four years in a row.

“We loved the sound of making the ‘golden left foot,’ and it being gold, it was our goal to make the project of recreating Messi’s left foot a reality,” said Masakazu Tanaka, president of the company that made the piece.

The golden foot of Messi, who plies his trade for Argentina and Barcelona, goes on sale on Thursday, with an endorsement from the Leo Messi Foundation. This organization, which helps children at risk around the world, will receive part of the proceeds. The sum will in turn go to support children in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.

Other golden pieces going on sale are Messi's golden footprint worth $94,500 and the "Golden Foot Mini," which is half the size of the actual golden foot, worth $42,000.

The main sculpture weighs 25kg and is 25cm tall and 28cm wide.

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