Messi wax statue unveiled at Wembley


Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been immortalized in the form of a wax statue unveiled at London's Wembley Stadium.

The Argentina international was outstanding in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final, as the Spanish giants triumphed 3-1 over Manchester United with the 25-year-old being the goalscoring star of the show. The Champions League final will once again be played at Wembley this season due to it being the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.

The life-size figure of Messi took four months to craft and cost a little less than 190,000 euros to create. The La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup-winning forward will - should he wish - be able to visit his commemorative statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in London starting Sept. 23. 

Barcelona is the odds-on favorite to win the trophy, which currently resides at Chelsea, while Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also among the favorites expected to vie for the title of European club champion in May.

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