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Messi wax double strikes a pose in New York

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:22 GMT, May 20, 2015 |
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He may not score goals and win games like his flesh and blood double, but he still looks awfully good on the pitch. A wax double of soccer great Lionel Messi, dressed in 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer kit, was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York yesterday (Tuesday) to a small gathering of media. The statue of the Argentinean forward, now playing for FC Barcelona, was the latest sports figure to join the Sports Zone at the wax exhibition house.

Eric Fluet, head of marketing and sales for Madame Tussauds in New York, explains what went into making the Messi likeness.

Messi, who is enjoying a sensational season and has scored 10 goals in Europe’s elite competition alone, destroyed Bayern in Barca’s 3-0 first-leg win after scoring twice last week. The diminutive Argentine was again instrumental as Barcelona eased into the European Cup final for an eighth time.

Fluet said it was important form Madame Tussauds to capture the star in action in a dynamic, not static, pose. Some say Messi may be one of the best to ever play the game, right up there with Pele.

Yesterday Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said “He is the best player of all time,” said after the Spanish side eliminated the Bavarians 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final. Fluet said adding Messi to Madame Tussauds New York attraction was an easy decision.

Visitors to the New York location can take to the pitch with Messi. Tussauds has set up an interactive soccer simulator where fans can kick the ball at video backdrop, testing their skills alongside of the sport’s great.