Salah statue draws online ridicule but artist unfazed

Sports | 7 Nov 2018

A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled 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 appears to be a pot for plants.

Salah has not spoken publicly about the statue and Abdullah was not available for comment. But the artist defended her work on Facebook, 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," wrote Abdullah, adding that she hopes any criticism would be respectful.

Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo had a bust unveiled that was also criticized for its lack of a resemblance.

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