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Japan jeweler unveils Messi's golden foot

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, escapes Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, also from Argentina, during the Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 26. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

TOKYO (AP) — A pure gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot has been unveiled in Tokyo.

The foot, which is valued at $5.25 million, was created by Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka to commemorate the football player's achievements.

Messi's brother Rodrigo, who attended a news conference for the unveiling of the gold foot on Wednesday, says, "It's exceptional. You can see each line in the foot. It's an impressive piece of work."

The jeweler said he cast Messi's foot in Spain at the end of 2012.

Part of the proceeds will go to Messi's foundation, which in turn will go to support children in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster that hit Japan in March 2011.

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