Madame Tussauds New York has officially unveiled the wax figure of Argentina and FC Barcelona soccer striker Lionel Messi.
The dynamic wax figure features Lionel Messi mid-kick as he prepares to score a goal. The figure sees the three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner wearing his recognizable #10 team Argentina jersey, as he wore it during the 2014 FIFA World Cup games in Brazil. Studio artists from Madame Tussauds worked for four months to create his figure, calculating over 250 measurements from photo and video references of the athlete in order to perfectly recreate his appearance and capture his on-the-field intensity.
With the introduction of the Lionel Messi figure, the all new and entirely renovated Sports Zone at Madame Tussauds is complete. Messi’s figure will be placed in an interactive soccer simulator where visitors can practice their best Messi kick in a virtual soccer arena. The space features the figures of legendary athletes including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Eli Manning, David Wright and Michelle Kwan.