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.


Naomi Osaka shocked as Kristina Mladenovic downs world No. 1 in Dubai

Updated 19 February 2019

Naomi Osaka shocked as Kristina Mladenovic downs world No. 1 in Dubai

  • It was Osaka's first match since she won the Australian Open — her second consecutive Grand Slam title.
  • World No. 67 Mladenovic lost for words after surprise win.

DUBAI: Naomi Osaka stumbled badly in her first match since winning the Australian Open as the world number one went down in a flurry of errors to exit the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.
Dubai-based Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the third round as Osaka made 25 unforced errors.
The rout, which featured seven breaks of the Osaka serve, took barely an hour, sending Mladenovic into a Wednesday contest with Carla Suarez Navarro.
“This is my home tournament, I live here,” world No. 67 Mladenovic said. “It’s great to get a win like this in front of a big crowd.
“Beating the number one is always special.”
The second set was riddled with seven consecutive breaks of serve before Mladenovic finished off the job with a winner to the empty court on match point.
Osaka stunned the tennis world last week by announcing her split from coach Sascha Bajin despite winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the US and Australian Opens.
She said earlier this week that she would not prioritize “success over happiness” when asked about the sacking, and she never looked like winning in Dubai as she also served five double faults.
Earlier on Tuesday, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova both won their opening matches, while Elina Svitolina made a strong start to her bid for a third straight title.
Kvitova, the 2013 winner, recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 and squeeze into the third round.
Halep, Dubai champion in 2015, saw off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
The Romanian said she is still feeling the effects of her weekend final defeat in Doha by Elize Mertens.
“It was a good match because I won it. I tried to finish the points faster because I’m a little bit tired,” Halep said.
“She played well, the level was pretty good. At some points I really ran very well. I’m confident. I feel good on court even if I’m tired.”
A third former world number one also advanced as Angelique Kerber beat Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, said she was unfazed about the early midday start to her match.
“I don’t really care if I play the first match,” the Australian Open runner-up said. “Now I’m done, so I have a free afternoon.
“I’m not sure what I’m pleased with... maybe with my comeback at the end.”