Liverpool's Mohamed Salah statue ridiculed by football fans

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The unveiling ceremony of the statue at the World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in Egypt's northeastern Sinai Peninsula was attended by thousands, including Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, BBC News reported.

It depicts the striker with his arms out wide in the goal-scoring celebration he is known for.

But her effort was widely mocked on social media and was unfavourably compared with the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo bust which was ridiculed a year ago.

Salah scored 32 goals in just 36 appearances in his debut year at Liverpool last season, breaking records and garnering widespread praise.

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Observers on social media said the sculpture made Salah look more like the 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, with other suggesting it looked more like the character Marv from Home Alone.

After having to withstand the wave of mockery, Egyptian artist Mai Abdallah, who created the piece, took to Facebook, telling people "don't worry about me", but adding that she hoped her critics could make their points with more politeness and respect.

Abdallah told Egyptian media she chose the open arm gesture because she found it "distinguished and executable".

Either way, Salah now has his very own curious statue and that, in footballing terms, is nothing short of a badge of honour - semi-official confirmation of superstar status.

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