Master chocolatier pays tribute to tennis star Roger Federer with life-size chocolate model
Iconic tennis superstar Roger Federer has received a tribute from a master chocolatier as he constructs a life-size model of the Swiss legend from chocolate.
Federer left a legacy as one of the greatest tennis players in history after winning 20 Grand Slam titles in his career.
The 40-year-old hasn’t played a game since Wimbledon last year, although he is still eyeing a return tour in 2022 in what could be his last run in the sport before retiring.
Federer is currently recovering after undergoing knee surgery last year, and he is eyeing a return during the grass-court season.
However, Federer played down his chances of competing at Wimbledon in 2022.
While he’s struggled with fitness for the past few years, his aura and fan adoration remain high, master chocolatier Jorge Cardoso is set to complete a life-size statue of Federer made entirely out of chocolate.
The statue is said to weigh 100kg and stand 1.85m tall, and took Cardoso 250 hours of intricate labor to construct Federer’s facial structure.
According to Cardoso, it will be ready for the public by Saturday in the Friborg craftsman’s shop.
“I should have them ready on Saturday,” Cardoso said.
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“It will then be exhibited to the public in our store on rue de Lausanne in Fribourg.
“It is the first work of this magnitude to feature the tennis player.
“Federer’s stature has been carefully considered to make it as realistic as possible.
“It is a great pleasure to honor one of the greatest athletes of our time.
This is not the first time that Cardoso has made the statue of a famous sportsman.
Previously, in 2017, he made a sculpture of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo which was unveiled at Madeira airport.
However, the sculpt became infamous for its shoddy likeness and received a lot of criticism from fans.
Federer currently has 103 career titles under his name, including eight Wimbledon championships.
The Swiss legend would surely like to win at least one more Grand Slam to reach a high level and fall back with arch-rival Rafael Nadal to 21 major titles.