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Published: Monday June 23, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 23, 2014 MYT 12:18:52 PM

'Strokes' of a football used to create portraits of stars

KOTA KINABALU: Football greats Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar may have found their match in a Malaysian.

Hong Yi has brought the beautiful game on the pitch to life by doing what she does best – creating a beautiful portraits of the three players, using nothing but a football.

To add a further twist to her craft, Hong Yi, who has made a name for herself with her creations, used only her feet to paint the World Cup stars.

The Sabah-born architect, who is now based in Shanghai, shot to international fame for her art pieces of famous people using unconventional tools.

This time around, she used her feet and a ball to paint the players a feat that were seen in a video uploaded on YouTube (http://youtu.be/Y-5Ur0Y7BmA).

“I just wanted to pay tribute to these World Cup heroes. It took me 10 hours to complete it, just in time for the World Cup opening. It’s a goal!” she said via e-mail.

Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname Red Hong, has been widely praised by over 640,000 viewers, some of whom described her feat as good as a footballer dribbling his way through a football game.

Hong Yi said that she was supporting The Netherlands for the World Cup.

“I am supporting The Netherlands for the World Cup because I studied there in 2010, during the last World Cup (and) I love the Dutch!” she said.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, football, hongyi

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