Madame Tussauds London announces public vote to find the ultimate World Cup great to be honoured in 2014

Bobby Moore wins by a landslide!

After a week of voting, Madame Tussauds London today announced that the overwhelming people’s choice for the footballing great to be honoured with a new wax figure for the World Cup in 2014 is England’s 1966 Captain, Bobby Moore..

Taking more than 90% of the poll, Moore was unquestionably the people’s choice, securing thousands more votes than Ronaldo (3%), Maradona (3%), Pelé (2%) and Beckenbauer (1%).

“There are so many talented footballers who can be termed ‘World Cup Greats’, but we wanted the player we honour next year to be somebody chosen by the fans – and the response has been staggering,” commented Nicole Fenner, PR Manager for Madame Tussauds London.

"Taking more than 90% of the poll, Moore was unquestionably the people’s choice"

Nicole continued: “From day one Bobby Moore was way out in front and it’s clear fans have really taken this campaign to heart and voted in their thousands to secure his place in the attraction next year.

“With a place in the history books as the Captain of England’s only World Cup winning squad, 108 caps for his country, a long and illustrious career and a deep seated affection in the hearts of the public, Bobby Moore will make a wonderful addition to our sports area in World Cup year. Although we are an international attraction, our roots are firmly planted in London so it does seem fitting that a London boy who captained West Ham for ten years and led England to World Cup victory on their home turf has been selected to take up residence here in 2014.”

In response to today’s announcement, Stephanie Moore, Bobby’s widow and founder of The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, said: “I was absolutely thrilled to hear the result, and the fact the final vote was by the public makes it even more special. Bobby was a humble man but I know he’d be so proud to be recognised in such an iconic way. I can’t wait to see the finished figure next year, marking 48 years since Bobby captained England to that historic World Cup win.”

West Ham United Joint-Chairman, David Sullivan, also commented: “I am delighted that football fans across the land have voted for a wax figure of Bobby Moore to feature in Madame Tussauds. With the Club having commemorated the 20th anniversary of his tragic passing last February, it is fantastic to see that his star still shines as brightly as ever.”

Sullivan added: “We would like to thank all of the supporters who voted for Bobby and in particular the thousands of West Ham fans who got behind our most famous son. I’m sure everyone at West Ham United will be looking forward to seeing the finished product when it is unveiled next year.”

The Madame Tussauds studio team will now consider how best to portray the legendary 1966 Captain acknowledged by another World Cup Great, Pelé, as the greatest defender of all time. The sculptors will be able to draw on archive materials including pictures and measurements gathered at a sitting with Moore in the 1970s when he was first featured in the attraction. Then work will begin in earnest to ensure the final figure is ready to be revealed to fans in May in the run up to the World Cup in Brazil next year.

"I can’t wait to see the finished figure next year" Stephanie Moore

© Evening News /REX

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