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Watermelon sculptures mark World Cup

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION World Cup fever is catching people's attention in peculiar ways the closer the tournament draws near. Thanks to this worldwide wave of enthusiasm the likes of soccer players Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar have already begun popping up in Brazil ahead of the competition - but in the unlikeliest of places; watermelons. With the skilful hand of full-time chef, part-time sculptor Rogerio Holanda, the soccer stars' likenesses are appearing in the shells of gigantic watermelons. Twenty-nine-year old Holanda, head chef at the four-star hotel San Raphael in Sao Paulo said he first took a crack at sculpting images into the shells of watermelons 12 years ago after a travelling tourist left a magazine behind with a carved watermelon on the cover. The eager chef from the north of the Brazil and the son of farmers wasted no time trying his hand, realising flowers first before eventually embarking on more difficult territory

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