Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka casts its magic in gold yet again. This time, they recreated the 4-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winning FC Barcelona and Argentina forward who hit 91 goals during 2012 Lionel Messi’s left foot in pure gold, with an equally glitzy price tag of $5.25 million. The 25-kilogram golden foot has been created as a collector’s item, available complete with a certificate of authenticity from the Lionel Messi Foundation, and also a special duralumin casing to keep it in. For the rich folks who have the spare cash to splurge, and the addiction to the FC Barcelona and world’s best soccer player’s incredible game, would do well to grab one of these ‘golden left feet’, anytime between March 7th to June 6th of this year. Seems like football club owning billionaires like Roman Abramovich who owns Chelsea FC, the current holders of the title of UEFA Champions, will lead the race for the Ginza Tanaka Golden Messi foot.
With the footballer’s busy schedule, it was his brother Rodrigo Messi who attended the launch of ‘the foot’ in Japan. The reason why this extravagant collector’s item has been created, is because recently Lio Messi has managed himself a place in the record books with 91 goals in 2012, and also his personal 4th trophy of the Ballon d’Or.
With the football world going gaga over the player, these feats are being used to garner funds for the footballer’s charitable foundation. The epic tsunami which hit Japan in 2011, created large scale damage and the proceeds of the sale will go via the Messi Foundation, towards the cause of Japan’s quick recovery from the natural disaster.
Just in case one gets disappointed for this ‘Midas touched’ artifact being out of their budget, there are cheaper versions including the $94,500 gold footplate, with the footballer’s footprint in it. This comes with a certificate of authenticity, the duralumin case, and also a limited edition run of just 50 pieces. This edition would be wrapped with around 300 grams of yellow gold. And if this doesn’t fit the bill, there is the $42,000 version of foot, which weighs lighter at around 100 grams, and has been created with a production run of 100 units.
If one wants a glimpse of what the Japanese jewelry brand has done in the past, do take a look at the $2 million golden Christmas tree for 2011, and the $4.2 million Christmas tree for the following year, 2012. It feels like the penchant for lending the ‘Midas’ touch never went off the radar for Ginza Tanaka.