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.


Mohamed Salah sure Liverpool can handle the pressure of Premier League title tilt

Updated 23 min 21 sec ago

Mohamed Salah sure Liverpool can handle the pressure of Premier League title tilt

  • Reds face Manchester United on Sunday in crouch clash.
  • Egyptian ace says Reds will embrace the pressure as they g in each of first top-flight title since 1990.

LONDON: Mohamed Salah is in no doubt Liverpool can handle the pressure of the title run in, ahead of their crunch clash against arch-rivals Manchester United.
The Reds lie second in the Premier League table to Manchester City on goal difference, though with a game in hand. It was barely a month ago that they enjoyed a seven-point lead over the Abu Dhabi-owed club, but draws against Leicester and West Ham raised fears that Liverpool were starting to feel the strain of bidding for a first top-flight title since 1990.
But Salah has sought to put fans’ fears at ease, claiming the Reds are ready to embrace the pressure, starting away at Old Trafford against familiar foe United.
“I said in November that there is pressure and it will be there until the end of the season, because when you play for the Premier League you have to accept that there is pressure,” Salah told Sky Sports.
“When you go home you can take it with you, but it can help you to work harder and focus on your game.
“At the end of the day you have a target in your mind, you have a dream, you want to win the Premier League. I even said that two years ago when I came — it is a dream to win the Premier League.”
Added to the pressure of trying to win the title is the fact that a clash against Manchester United is like nothing else the Reds come up against all season. The two teams are arch-rivals and Salah is only too aware that their North West neighbors would like nothing more than to ruin the Reds’ title charge.
The United encounter is the first of three tough fixtures in a week for Liverpool, with a midweek clash with Watford and the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday to come — a run of games that is not lost on Salah.
“It is a very big week for us,” Salah said. “And if we win three games and are top of the table, that is huge for us. When you have three games in a week or ten days, you just need to win, win, win, then after that you have time to think.
“Even when we are not top of the league, I know how much United want to win against Liverpool and Everton the same. For me it is not a big deal. We just need to do what we have been doing for the last couple of months.”