The very best players are used to having their likenesses reproduced in many forms.
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has had a chocolate statue made of him while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Michael Essien and Mo Salah have had statues created in their honour.
Lionel Messi is not new to having his visage replicated in other forms.
However, one sculptor has caught more eyes than most with his splendid effort.
The amazing work first posted by user, taocixiansheng on Instagram was reshared by ESPN on Twitter.
The sped-up video shows the artist starting off with the lump of clay for Messi’s mini torso before moving on to his arms, legs and head.
After he added his finishing touches to the Barcelona jersey and Messi’s hair, he was ready to show off his creation, which was impeccable.
The response on social media has been great as well.
It’s perfection 😩😩
— Edmund 💉 (@EdmundOris) May 14, 2020
People are just insanely talented
— Olawale. (@NeymanjaWale) May 15, 2020
Some people’s talent is simply amazing….that’s so crazy how accurate it is for being clay pretty much 😱
— Nickolas Gambonini (@nickgambonini) May 14, 2020
The artistic ability amazes me. I can barely do a decent stick figure.
— PapaGriz1720💚💚 (@papagriz1720) May 14, 2020
Take a look at the video below:
The full Lionel Messi sculpture. So satisfying to watch 😍
(via taocixiansheng/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/3GoS99Xnie
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 14, 2020