IN PICTURES: Mo Salah statue in Egypt mocked for looking ‘creepily’ unlike star
A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled on Monday at an international youth gathering in Egypt has been criticized for its poor resemblance to the Liverpool striker.
The statue depicts Salah with a disproportionately large head and small arms stretched in the celebratory pose the 26-year-old Egyptian took in the latter part of last season.
The figure, made by artist Mai Abdullah, has Salah's trademark curly hair and is standing on what appeared to be a pot for plants.
What is it with footballers and statues?— OverTheBar (@OverTheBarFB) November 5, 2018
Ronaldo’s head looked more like Niall Quinn. And now the Mo Salah statue to be installed in Sharm El Sheikh looks more like Marv from Home Alone than Salah.#Salah #LFC pic.twitter.com/Y5Wxv6m3Vi
Salah has not spoken publicly about the statue and Abdullah was not immediately available for comment, but the artist defended her work in a Facebook post, saying the statue was made as part of an online program to teach sculpting.
"The negative comments will not frustrate or have an effect on me, but I do hope that people would learn the art of police and respectful criticism," Abdullah wrote in response to a wave of ridicule on social media networks.
Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo had a bust unveiled that was also criticised for its lack of a resemblance.
Mo Salah statue has been unveiled in his hometown in Egypt.— 360Sources (@360Sources) November 5, 2018
This is the worst thing you will see today. pic.twitter.com/9hgD8eTVI9