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Mo Salah: Unusual Sculpture of Liverpool Star Unveiled in Egypt

posted on: Nov 8, 2018


A sculpture of Liverpool and Egypt football star Mohamed Salah unveiled in his home country is raising eyebrows on social media.

The artwork was put on display on Sunday at the World Youth Forum (WYF) being held in Sharm al-Sheikh.

It depicts the striker with his arms out wide in the goalscoring celebration he is known for.

But people have suggested it looks more like singer Leo Sayer or Marv the burglar from the film Home Alone.

Mo Salah celebrates a goal with his arms out wideImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe artwork of Salah recreates his famous goal celebration pose

The sculpture of Salah joins a long list of other sculptures in the football world that have left fans scratching their heads about likeness.

It has drawn comparisons to a bust of Cristiano Ronaldo which was widely mocked after it was unveiled at Madeira airport last year.

Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos, who sculpted the bust, spoke of his sadness about the online criticism of his effort afterwards. He was later given a second chance at it by website The Bleacher Report.

The youth forum, where the statue of Salah was unveiled, was attended by thousands, including Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

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

Sculptor Mai Abdallah 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”.

Mai Abdallah's mould for the Salah statueImage copyrightMAI ABDALLAH
Image captionMai Abdallah’s mould for the Salah statue

In a Facebook post, she addressed the criticism and said the brass statue came out looking differently to the original mould.

“I hope people learn the art of criticism politely and respect,” she added.

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