A newly unveiled statue of Liverpool and Egypt football star Mohammed Salah has been mocked mercilessly on Twitter, drawing unfavourable comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Ronaldo that eventually had to be replaced.
The Mo Salah statue is on display at the World Youth Forum (WYF) currently underway in the Egyptian city of Sharm al-Sheikh.
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”.
The statue unveiled in Sharm el-Sheikh shows Salah, who set a new Premier League goalscoring record last season, in his trademark celebration pose with arms aloft to the crowd.
The forward scored 32 goals in his debut season with Liverpool, won England’s player’s player of the year award and was nominated for Fifa’s world player of the year.
The likeness of the statue to the Fifa world player of the year nominee has been questioned by some
Observers on social media said the sculpture made Salah look more like the 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, with other suggesting it looked more like the character Marv from Home Alone.
Once you've seen it you can't unsee it. Mo Salah's statue is a dead ringer for Marv. pic.twitter.com/CCNyU1rEzW
— Jack (@cr0ssland) November 4, 2018
looks like Leo Sayer pic.twitter.com/OoECwZK7aA
— Cöl (@Colette_AFC) November 4, 2018
— Américo (@Americo_Martinx) November 5, 2018
— Abhro Bhattacharjee (@76Imo) November 5, 2018
What is it with footballers and statues?
— OverTheBar (@OverTheBarFB) November 5, 2018
Football fans compared Salah’s statue and Ronaldo’s, with some saying Salah had been “given the Ronaldo treatment.”
A statue has been made of Mo Salah with his iconic celebration…
Who did it better? 😂 pic.twitter.com/c6l1jKd4Fa
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 4, 2018
WTAF?!! Salah statue manages to be worse than last years Ronaldo bust pic.twitter.com/F6k47JmMe1
— Mike (@M1KE_LFC) November 5, 2018