Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Artist defends Mo Salah statue in face of ridicule on social media

Artist defends Mo Salah statue in face of ridicule on social media

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

A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled Monday at an worldwide youth gathering in Egypt has been criticized for its poor resemblance to the Liverpool striker.

It depicts Salah with his arms spread out in celebration, smiling and looking up into the sky.

But her effort was widely mocked on social media and was unfavourably compared with the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo bust which was ridiculed past year.

The statue drew comparisons with many celebrities online including Marv the villain from Home Alone and British singer-songwriters Leo Sayer and Art Garfunkel.

Either way, Salah now has his very own curious statue and that, in footballing terms, is nothing short of a badge of honour - semi-official confirmation of superstar status.

The event, which is in its second year, was created by young people in Egypt to help promote peace and prosperity.

Salah enjoyed a record-breaking debut season with Liverpool scoring 32 goals to set a new record in a single campaign.

Egyptian sculptor Mai Abdel Allah said she came up with the idea in 2016 and that the statue took a month to complete in the lead up to the youth forum.

The 26-year-old signed a new five-year deal at the club earlier this year, and has had previous spells at clubs including Chelsea and Roma.

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