A waxwork of Lionel Messi has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York, completing football’s waxy holy trinity alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
In the context of the chequered history of footballing waxworks, this latest recreation of a living legend is a solid effort – if a little too chiselled around the jaw, perhaps.
It took four months, 20 artists and 250 precise measurements to immortalise Messi in wax, and he takes pride of place alongside the likes of Serena Williams and Muhammad Ali in the venue’s new Sports Zone.
Naturally, Cristiano Ronaldo has already had a waxwork commissioned, which stands in Madrid’s Museo de Cera.
In a parody-defying revelation, the museum’s head of communications confirmed that Ronaldo’s perfectionism extends beyond all expectations.
Quote Cristiano told us to be sure his figure was perfect. He sent his own hairstylist to brush his figure once a month. Cristiano’s hair is natural. It is not a wig and it comes from India.
Not to be outdone, fellow egotist Zlatan Ibrahimovic was present at the unveiling of his own waxwork in Paris, and had some humble words prepared for the occasion.