Madame Tussauds New York has officially unveiled the wax figure of soccer icon and star forward for FC Barcelona Lionel Messi.
The dynamic wax figure features Lionel Messi mid-kick as he prepares to score a goal. Messi is 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.
The Sports Zone at Madame Tussauds is now complete. Messi’s figure is a part of 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. Renovations to the space include a football locker room for Eli to suit up, a basketball court for Yao to dunk in and a rotating platform to highlight Kwan’s grace on the ice. Visitors will be able to squat behind the plate while Jeter is in the batter’s box or try their best to last a round with Ali or Evander Holyfield in an all-new boxing ring.
Prominently located in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds New York is open 365 days a year. For more information, visit madametusssauds.com/newyork.