By Shane McGinley
Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, Saudi Arabian singer Abdul Majeed Abdullah and Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the new additions
Superstar footballer Lionel Messi is among the three newest names to be added to the Dubai Stars attraction, which is due to open in October.
The 32 year-old Argentinian was announced alongside Saudi Arabian singer Abdul Majeed Abdullah and Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was announced on The Dubai Stars official twitter page over the weekend.
We’re incredibly excited to give out our next "Dubai Star" to the all-time highest goalscorer in @LaLiga and the youngest football player to win 4 Ballon d'Or awards. Congratulations Lionel Messi! pic.twitter.com/AH9ULGYKH6— The Dubai Stars (@TheDubaiStars) June 27, 2019
The Dubai Stars is a project by Burj Khalifa developer Emaar and will stretch along the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.
Set to be launched in October, it will contain 400 stars, with celebrities to be included voted for by the public. When complete, it will have around 10,000 Dubai Stars in total and will be similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
In May, Expo 2020 Dubai announced Messi had been chosen to appear a new video-led campaign in which the Barcelona star and people around the planet work together to keep an Expo 2020-branded ball airborne.