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Mohamed Salah is the latest soccer star with an unintentionally funny statue based on his likeness

Following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and Brandi Chastain, Mohamed Salah is the latest soccer star whose image wasn’t quite nailed by a sculptor.

A statue of the 26-year-old Egyptian who plays striker for Liverpool was unveiled Sunday during the World Youth Forum in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt. It shows Salah with his curly hair standing with his arms outstretched, his signature celebratory pose.

But the resemblance seems to end there. Here’s Salah:

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game, during the English P
Mohamed Salah
(Dave Thompson / Associated Press)
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And here’s the statue, created by artist Mai Abdullah:

Sculpture of Liverpool and Egypt football player Mohamed Salah, Sharm El Sheikh - 05 Nov 2018
Sculpture of Mohamed Salah
(Yasmin Yehia / EPA/Shutterstock)

Salah has yet to comment on the statue, but folks on social media have had plenty to say.

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“The negative comments will not frustrate or have an effect on me,” Abdullah wrote on Facebook, “but I do hope that people would learn the art of polite and respectful criticism.”

charles.schilken@latimes.com

Twitter: @chewkiii


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