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Federer was honoured with lifesize chocolate statue that took 250 hours to make

Roger Federer is retiring from tennis as one of the sport's greatest ever players – hence why he was honoured with a lifesize chocolate statue earlier this year.

Such a tribute is reserved for only the best of the best, with 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer uniquely being recreated by master chocolatier Jorge Cardoso in February.

The statue was said to weigh 100kg and clock in at 1.85m tall – exactly the same height as Federer's 6'1" frame. Cardoso, who also made the infamous bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira Airport in 2017, spent 250 hours crafting the intricate design.

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"It will be on public display in our shop on Rue de Lausanne in Freiburg," the sculptor said. "It is the first work of this magnitude that depicts the tennis player.

"Federer’s stature has been carefully studied to make it as realistic as possible. It is a great pleasure to honour one of the greatest athletes of our time."

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Federer announced his retirement today (September 15) on social media, thanking fans for the "unbelievable journey" he's been on throughout his 24-year career.

"As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries," Federer wrote in a heartfelt statement. "I know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.

"I am 41-years-old, I have played more than 1500 matches … I must now recognise when it is time to end my competitive career. This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate."

He went on to thanks his wife Mirka, formerly a tennis star herself, who since her retirement has worked as his PR and followed him around the world with their two kids.

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