Mo Salah statue in Egypt mocked for looking 'creepily' unlike star


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 Salah with his arms spread out in celebration, smiling and looking up into the sky.

Some on social media have said the sculpture looks more like 1970s singer Leo Sayer, while others likened it to cartoon characters Beavis and Butt-Head and the character Marv Merchants from the Home Alone films.

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The tribute has received criticism and been compared to the bad bust of Cristiano Ronaldo, which was unveiled a year ago.

The Liverpool forward has had a statue created in his honour recently. He was later given a second chance at it by website The Bleacher Report.

Abdel Allah said she was inspired to make the statue, which was shown at the World Youth Forum in the Red Sea resort city, by Salah's gesture of "opening his arms to the fans" after scoring goals.

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

Born in Nagrig in northern Egypt, Salah enjoys widespread popularity in his home country.