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The Japanese have invented a solid gold Lionel Messi foot worth $5.25 million

Mar 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

500-Million-Yen Golden Statue Of Leo Messi Left Foot Go On Sale Getty Images

Why? Because they can. The Japanese are so ahead of us in precious metal foot technology that it’s not even funny.

The Lionel Messi foot — a cast of the real thing — weighs 25 kilograms and is being displayed at Harajuku Quest Hall in Tokyo today before going on sale on Thursday. Price? It’s said to be worth 498.7 million Japanese yen, or $5.25 million to you and me. Well, to you. I have all of my money sunk into Jose Canseco artwork.

The gold foot was created by Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka who was inspired by the soccer star’s achievements on the pitch.

Messi’s foot was cast in Spain at the end of 2012 and brought back to Japan to pour the commemorative piece of art.

The foot — whose toes could buy every Odor Eater® ever manufactured — will go on sale Thursday, and will come with an official certification issued by the Leo Messi Foundation, which helps children at risk around the world.

In case you’re wondering how Messi feels about all this, here’s a video.

  1. jimguida - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I’m glad they are including a Certificate of Authentication for this piece. I wouldn’t want to buy some Chinese knockoff of a solid gold Lionel Messi foot.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      You can always look for the “Made in Hong Kong” engraving on the foot’s bottom.