NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer met his match at the grand unveiling of his new Madame Tussauds waxwork.
The former England ace and Magpies top goal-scorer became the latest star to enter the waxwork hall of fame as he came face to face with the life-like replica in Blackpool yesterday.
And the 40-year-old praised the work of sculptors who have spent months creating the waxwork.
“I think they’ve done such a great job it’s scary,” he said.
“It’s weird looking at yourself and thinking how incredibly alike it is.”
The figure of the Match Of The Day pundit took four months to make and will be on display in the “locker room” area at the attraction alongside waxwork doubles of fellow football favourites David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
Shearer said: “The figure is so realistic and accurate, the sculpting team have done an amazing job and I hope the public like it too.”
However, it was a lengthy process and Shearer had to spend hours getting his body measurements taken with the team of specialised sculptors before they could begin to create the masterpiece.
“They take a million different measurements of everything and then do the cast which takes a few hours but we did it all in a day in London,” he said.
“You’d be surprised by the detail that goes in to it and now seeing it this close up you can see how careful they’ve been.”
Madame Tussauds Blackpool officially opened its doors in April and Shearer is the first new figure to be revealed live by its celebrity counterpart.
And the dad-of-three joked that his children are now keen to travel to the popular northern seaside town to have a giggle at their dad’s expense.
He said: “My kids want to come down because they’ve already been to the one in London. They want to come down here now, probably so they can take the mickey out of me a bit.”
The attraction is the first Madame Tussauds in the UK outside London and one of only 12 in the world. Other locations include Hollywood, New York, Bangkok and Berlin.
Blackpool certainly promises to live up to the Madame Tussauds name, with lifelike interactive sets allowing visitors to step into their TV and join a host of famous faces.
Among the other superstars to be displayed alongside Shearer are Tiger Woods, Alan Carr, Gok Wan, Susan Boyle and Peter Andre.