The portrait of the Portugal star was designed to brighten up the local landscape and more will follow in the coming year

The mayor of Kazan has promised Lionel Messi a mural to rival that of Cristiano Ronaldo if Argentina qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.

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A three-storey portrait of the Portugal captain was painted on the side of a building adjacent to the team’s hotel during their stay in Kazan for the Confederations Cup.

The city mayor, Ilsur Metshin, has explained that local graffiti artists were invited to create the image in order to brighten up the view Ronaldo would have from his hotel room.

He has also assured that there will be plenty of space for similar art works for the stars of next year’s showpiece event, including Messi.