The football fraternity is still debating about the recently unveiled statue of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. Some have compared it to a few other bad examples revealed to the World a few months ago. The pundits think it was poorly done and the fans are asking questions. Today, we want to look at five worst statues of footballers done in recent years.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Statue
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his 9ft statue of himself.
It's almost as big as his ego. pic.twitter.com/7VbtnToHq0
— UNILAD Sport (@UNILADFooty) December 13, 2016
Sweden legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has done and achieved a lot so far in his career. UEFA Champions League and national honors are the only trophies he really never won. He is one of the most traveled stars in the game. He started at Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United, and now he plays for MLS side LA Galaxy.
However, he was not pleased with his statue when he first saw it in Stockholm. The fans did not like it too. The ‘Lion’ or ‘god’ as he likes to call himself asked for changes to be made immediately before unveiling it.
4. Lionel Messi Statue
A Lionel Messi statue in Argentina has had it's legs cut off. It's the second time the statue has been damaged since being unveiled in 2016. pic.twitter.com/gNuCOoUiLU
— Coral (@Coral) December 4, 2017
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has lifted five Ballon d’Or awards. He has won all trophies available in club level with the Spanish giants. However, he has not lifted a single trophy for his country Argentina. This might explain why Argentina fans did not like the idea of erecting a statue in his honor in the middle of capital City Buenos Aires city. Since it was unveiled, it has been vandalized several times. It has also been criticized by local pundits because it was poorly done.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo Bust 2017
Emanuel Santos’s dream commission turned into a nightmare when his Ronaldo bust was ridiculed around the world.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 18, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo has a perfect statue erected in his hometown of Madeira in Portugal. It is a huge tourist attraction. However, in 2017, the regional government decided to rename the local airport after their greatest star. They hired local artist Emmanuel Santos to come up with a perfect head-to-neck bust of CR7 to be included during the launch of the new name.
The artist who made Ronaldo's bust a year ago got a second chance.
He did better this time. pic.twitter.com/tL8buSyfO9
— ESPN (@espn) March 29, 2018
However, when the bust was unveiled to the press in March 2017, the world was shocked. It was nowhere near Cristiano Ronaldo according to millions who saw it. Santos faced a lot of ridicule and abuse from all corners of the world for doing what people called a terrible job. He decided to repeat the job but the damage was done already.