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Mohamed Salah Is The Latest Victim Of A Bad Statue

Mohamed Salah Is The Latest Victim Of A Bad Statue

A statue of Mohamed Salah was unveiled in Egypt yesterday and it is on par with the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo portrait at Madeira Airport.

Salah scored 32 goals last season, breaking the Premier League record, and won the PFA Player of the Year award.

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Salah's rise in the footballing world over the past year gave Egyptian sculptor Mai Abdel Allah the motivation to spend a month creating the statue.

It was revealed at the World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El Sheik.

However, the statue has been hugely mocked on social media with trolls suggesting it looks more like Jonah Hill, Art Garfunkel, Marv from Home Alone and even Dobby from Harry Potter with hair.

In 2017 a statue unveiled at Ronaldo's hometown airport caused a similar stir on social media and still does the rounds today, appearing every time there is talk of a statue.

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The portrait was created for a ceremony at the airport as they also changed the name to honour their hero.

The artwork took a mere 15 days to create and the mockery from social media upset amateur sculptor Emmanuel Santos and one-year later Bleacher Report gave him the opportunity to create a better one.

However, despite all the criticism and the better statue being created with the help of Bleacher Report, the bust remains at the entrance to the terminal.

Eyebrows were raised in December last year as a bizarre statue of Diego Maradona was unveiled in Kolkata, India.

Maradona Statue
Maradona Statue

The bronze statue stands 12-feet tall and is supposed to represent Maradona when he won the Mexico World Cup in 1986.

Although, like the others mentioned it looks nothing like the Argentine favourite, who was 25 at the time of winning the trophy.

Social Media users compared the statue to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson and "someone's Gran."

Earlier this year a statue of ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien was spotted in his hometown in Kumasi, Ghana

The life-size replication came to light when Saddick Adams, a sports journalist based in the country, tweeted a photo of the statue.

It is understood the statue was erected a few years ago, however, the sculptor is unknown, and they might want to stay anonymous considering the stick it has received.

Essien is wearing a Chelsea strip and is made to look like he is striking a football, however, the midfielder looks like he has massive shoulder pads on under his top.

Adams described the statue as a 'beautiful gift,' while it was ridiculed by others online with one user suggesting that the artist deserves jail time.

Michael Essien Statue
Michael Essien Statue

Days after an equally awful statue of Asomoah Gyan was spotted by Adams, also in Ghana, and it is understood that it was created by the same person who made the Essien statue.

The statue features Gyan, Ghana's top goal scorer, in a red Ghana strip with his number three on his chest and a captain's armband, as well as, one of his trademark hairstyles.

 

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