Melbourne City FC and Madame Tussauds Sydney has brought Tim Cahill’s wax figure to Melbourne this week ahead of Friday night’s blockbuster Round 21 Hyundai A-League clash against Sydney FC.
The Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer spoke to media alongside his wax figure on Wednesday 22 February at AAMI Park as the Cahill replica made its first journey outside of the Madame Tussauds Sydney museum in Darling Harbour.
The wax figure will then travel to Melbourne City College of Football affiliate school, John Fawkner College, as well as Heidelberg Primary School and Sacred Heart Primary School on Thursday 23 February, where students will be able to take photos with the wax figure as part of their Melbourne City community clinic.
Cahill’s wax figure tour then concludes at City Square on Gosch’s Paddock, where fans will have the chance to meet the wax figure before City do battle with Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday 24 February and the star midfielder says it's been a while since the two have caught up.
"It'll be really good for our fans here in Melbourne to get to see the wax figure in their home town at AAMI Park against Sydney not to mention a massive clash for us as a Club as we really look to take the next step forward heading into the Finals," Cahill said.
"I was really humbled when I was originally asked to be a part of Madame Tussauds when I was in China. The amount of detail that goes into it, it's amazing the whole process with what they have done and how long it takes. It's been a while since I've seen him and it's good to catch up today."
The world’s first wax figure of Cahill portrays the City striker in his iconic corner-flag celebration at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals, where the Socceroos legend became one of just six players to score in three consecutive World Cup finals, including an unforgettable left-footed volley against the Netherlands.
Madame Tussauds Sydney General Manager Mark Connolly felt Cahill's figure has been a popular one since his return to Australia.
“Tim Cahill’s world first wax figure is one of the newest additions to Madame Tussauds Sydney and undoubtedly one of our most popular figures in our Sports Zone," Mr Connoly said.
"When Melbourne City FC approached us to bring Tim Cahill’s wax figure to Melbourne we were excited to be involved. The wax figure of Tim Cahill has never been to Melbourne so hopefully wax Tim can give the real Tim so good luck before this Friday’s Sydney versus Melbourne clash!”