Fans Mock Mohamed Salah statue [PHOTOS]

Mohamed Salah’s statue has been unveiled in his home country of Egypt, drawing unfavourable comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The statue unveiled in Sharm el-Sheikh shows the Liverpool’s star striker, who set a new Premier League goalscoring record last season, in his trademark celebration pose with arms aloft to the crowd.

But the portrait of the work by the Egyptian sculptor Mia Abdel Allah has not been quite so acclaimed as Salah himself.

Observers on social media said the sculpture made the player look more like the 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, with other suggesting it looked more like the character Marv from Home Alone.

The statue also reminded many of the controversies over the bust of Ronaldo at Madeira airport which sculptor Emanuel Santos reworked after a protest that it did not bear a good resemblance to the Juventus superstar.

Abdel Allah said she was inspired to make the statue, which was shown at the World Youth Forum in the Red Sea resort city, by Salah’s gesture of “opening his arms to the fans” after scoring goals.

“I found it is distinguished and executable,” she said, according to the Egypt Independent.

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