Bobby's the people's choice

The football fraternity has once more showcased its great affection and respect for the late and great Bobby Moore OBE, with the World Cup winning captain overwhelmingly topping a vote to be honoured with a wax figure.

With West Ham United firmly behind the cause, Moore polled upward of 90 per cent, seeing off fellow World Cup greats Ronaldo, Maradona, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer to join Madame Tussauds' iconic London collection.

The unveiling of Moore's wax figure is set to coincide with next summer's FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, some 48 years after the Hammers legend lifted aloft the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley.

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan spoke of his delight at the outcome, thanking the many thousands of Hammers who backed the Barking-born defender.

"With the Club having commemorated the 20th anniversary of Bobby's tragic passing last February, it is fantastic to see that his star still shines as brightly as ever," said Mr Sullivan.

"We would like to thank all of the supporters who voted for Bobby and in particular the thousands of West Ham fans who got behind our most famous son. I'm sure everyone at West Ham United will be looking forward to seeing the finished product when it is unveiled next year."

Meanwhile, Madame Tussauds London PR Manager Nicole Fenner hailed Moore's landslide victory, insisting the legendary Londoner is the perfect addition to their Marylebone Road exhibit.   

"Although we are an international attraction, our roots are firmly planted in London so it does seem fitting that a London boy who captained West Ham for ten years and led England to World Cup victory on home soil has been selected to take up residence here in 2014," Fenner confirmed.  

"From day one Bobby Moore was way out in front and it's clear fans have really taken this campaign to heart and voted in their thousands to secure his place in the attraction next year.

"With a place in the history books as the Captain of England's only World Cup winning team, 108 caps for his country, a long and illustrious career and a deep-seated affection in the hearts of the public, Bobby Moore will make a wonderful addition in a World Cup year."