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Salah statue in Egypt criticized for poor resemblance

November 5, 2018

A bronze statue of Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah is on display in a conference hall at an international youths gathering, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The statue unveiled in his native Egypt has kicked up a social media storm because of its poor resemblance. It depicts Salah with a disproportionately large head and baby arms stretched in the celebratory pose the 26-year-old Egyptian took in the latter part of last season after scoring goals. (AP Photo/Ayman Aref)

CAIRO (AP) — A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled Monday 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 immediately available for comment, but the artist defended her work in a Facebook post, 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, but I do hope that people would learn the art of polite and respectful criticism,” Abdullah wrote in response to a wave of ridicule on social media.

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

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