Mohamed Salah’s statue and other shocking sculptures

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This Mohamed Salah statue has been ridiculed on social media. (screenshot)
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Updated 08 November 2018

Mohamed Salah’s statue and other shocking sculptures

LONDON: A statue of Mohamed Salah has been unveiled in Egypt. No problem there, considering he has become one of the best footballers on the planet. But considering the likeness has been ridiculed perhaps on second thoughts the statue is not a good idea. Here we look at other sporting statue shockers.

MOHAMED SALAH — We are not experts when it comes to art, but we are pretty sure that when it come to statues likeness is fairly key. Unfortunately this offering looks more like 1970s British crooner Leo Sayer or Marv Merchants, one of the baddies in Home Alone, than the Liverpool and Egypt ace. 

CRISTIANO RONALDO — The bust of the Portuguese was created in honor of Madeira naming its International airport after him. It looked more like a gargoyle than a likeness of the Juventus star. Considering he has a reputation for vanity, we are pretty sure Ronaldo is not too happy with the almost cartoonish version of himself now greeting the hordes of holidaymakers landing in Madeira. 

DAVID BECKHAM — There was a silver likeness of the global superstar — wearing just his underpants — erected in New York in 2012. Normally very photogenic, Becks looked more like the T1000 in Terminator 2 — definitely more scary than stylish.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE — One of the all-time greats definitely deserved a statue. The one problem the sculptor has is what pose would the Frenchman take — one capturing his sublime first touch? Or his brilliant volley in the 2002 Champions League final, perhaps? No, artist Adel Abdessemed went for his headbutt on Marco Materazzi…

MICHAEL ESSIEN — The Ghanian great has a dodgy looking sculpture of him in Kumasi in his home country. As a player the midfielder was a dominating force — big and brave. What he did not look like was Bambi on ice, which is what this piece makes him out to be.


Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to clash in US Open first round blockbuster

Updated 22 August 2019

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to clash in US Open first round blockbuster

  • Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry
  • Sharapova advanced by walkover against Williams in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year

NEW YORK: Serena Williams will begin her quest for a seventh US Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory against long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the US Open women’s singles draw unveiled Thursday.
Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry, winning 19 times with only two defeats, including their past 18 meetings, most recently at the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals, although Sharapova advanced by walkover against Williams in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year.
Eighth-ranked Williams is looking to match the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court when the year’s final major championship gets under way Monday.
The 37-year-old American has dropped her past three Grand Slam finals appearances, including last month to Simona Halep at Wimbledon and last year to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the US Open after a controversial game penalty for her tirade at umpire Carlos Ramos.
Tournament officials have said Ramos will not work any matches involving Serena or Venus Williams, who could not face her sister until the semifinals, being in the same draw quarter as Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova.
Serena was placed into the same quarter as Australian second seed Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion whose first match is against 77th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
Top-seeded Osaka opens against Russia’s 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova and could face a third-round date against 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, who eliminated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon in a run to the last 16 in her Grand Slam debut.
Romania’s fourth-seeded Halep, coming off her second Grand Slam title, opens against a qualifier and could face a semifinal against Osaka, who defends a Slam crown for the first time.
“I’m looking forward to the experience,” Osaka said. “Everyone knows I love it here.”
Osaka retired in the third set of a quarter-final match at Cincinnati with a left knee injury but said Thursday she expects no problems with playing at the US Open.
“It’s geting better. I’m a fast healer,” Osaka said. “I’m here and I feel like I’ll be able to play.”
Osaka said while she might watch players who are unfamiliar, she isn’t one to analyze the draw beyond her next opponent.
“I like to know what that one person I’m playing is,” she said. “I like to focus my attention on that one.”
Pliskova, who lost her only Grand Slam final to Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open, plays her first match against a qualifier.
Venus Williams, 39, won the 2000 and 2001 US Opens but hasn’t won a Slam since her fifth Wimbledon title in 2008. She opens against China’s Zheng Saisai and could meet fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the second round.