On the heels of scoring the second goal for FC Barcelona and capturing the team’s 28th Copa del Rey victory title, Neymar Jr. comes face to face with his new Madame Tussauds wax figure. The world-famous Brazilian footballer met his wax figure this week at a private unveiling at FC Barcelona’s training ground Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamperin, Spain. The new figure will travel to its permanent home, in Madame Tussauds Orlando in Orlando, Fla., this summer.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was very involved with the creation of his figure and met with Madame Tussauds artists to have measurements taken in Barcelona. He chose the figure’s pose to reflect his goal celebration from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which he called “the most important moment of my career.”He scored four goals for Brazil until he was sidelined by an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the tournament. The figure is outfitted in a Brazilian national team kit donated by the soccer star himself.
“I’m looking at my twin brother!” said Neymar upon meeting his figure. “It’s one thing to experience a goal and the excitement that comes with it, but it’s something else entirely to see a part of my career history reflected in wax.”
The award-winning soccer star started his professional career at the age of 17. Neymar currently plays for Spain’s FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a forward. His young age, incredible talent and passion for the game have invited numerous comparisons to the world’s legendary soccer players, including Pele, who Neymar considers a role model.
“It is truly an honor to have such an important moment of my life captured in wax by the amazing team at Madame Tussauds,” Neymar said during his meeting with Madame Tussauds artists. “I cannot wait for my fans all over the world to meet my wax twin in Orlando!"
Madame Tussauds is world-renowned for the creation of detailed and lifelike wax figures that pay homage to A-list celebrities from film and television, sports icons, musicians from all genres, and notable figures from history and pop culture. Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.
Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. All visitors can shake hands with the president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie! For more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/orlando.