Lionel Messi Immortalized in Wax, Madam Tussaud Unveils Statue of Barcelona Star in London

Lionel Messi Immortalized in Wax, Madam Tussaud Unveils Statue of Barcelona Star in LondonLionel Messi has already conquered Wembley Stadium, and he's coming back for more. He's even left a placeholder as proof of his intentions … sort of.

A wax statue bearing the Barcelona star's likeness was unveiled at London's Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Wax Messi stands on the same field where the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League final will take place next May 25, 2013.

The statue was the work of Madame Tussaud's London — the popular wax museum and tourist trap — who spent the last four months perfecting Messi's grin and patented goal celebration.

It cost £150,000 ($243,500) to make, but the investment should pay for itself in no time, as visitors will flock to museum's interactive sports zone to get an up-close glimpse of Messi and other superstar athletes, according to the Mirror.

"We are delighted to reveal Lionel Messi’s new wax figure at one of the most celebrated football stadiums in the world, and to evoke memories of the masterful goal he scored when he helped clinch the UEFA Champions League title two years ago," Nicole Fenner, PR manager at Madame Tussauds London said.

Madame Tussaud's staff had to take wax Messi out of the hot sun on Wednesday. He's currently hiding in an undisclosed location, but he will be ready to mix and mingle with fans starting Sept. 24.

Click here to watch a video of the unveiling.

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