Mohamed Salah statue mocked by fans as striker gets Ronaldo treatment

May JohnsonNov 07, 2018

Sculpting the world's best footballers is harder than it seems.

The statue of the Liverpool star was unveiled in his home nation of Egypt during the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, and depicted a caricatured Salah performing his famous open-armed goal celebration.

The sculpture of the Egypt global, which was shown at the World Youth Forum in his native country's Sharm el-Sheikh, comes after a bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was widely mocked.

The bust of Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo pictured during a naming event at Madeira's airport in Santa Cruz, Madeira island, Portugal, 2017.

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Sculptor Mai Abdel Allah told Egyptian media that she created the statue because Salah stood as a symbol of excellence for Egyptian youth, describing the artwork as "distinguished and executable".

'This is natural because an artist is subjected to a number of tastes but I am personally not happy with the statue's final product'.

Twitter users offered up a number of names that the sculpture resembled closer, from 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, to the character Marv from the movie Home Alone.

Salah scored 32 goals in just 36 appearances in his debut year at Liverpool last season, breaking records and garnering widespread praise. The forward also helped Egypt reach its first World Cup in 28 years.

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