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5 Worst Statues Of Footballers

A statue is frequently the chosen option for football teams who want to honor a renowned player or manager.

There have been a number of good statues over the years.

Outside Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby and the Holy Trinity come to mind, as do the sculptures of Arsenal stars Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Tony Adams outside the Emirates Stadium.

However, the number of terrible football monuments far outnumbers the number of good ones.

5. Luis Suarez

You can immediately recognize Luis Suarez, which is a hallmark of a halfway-decent statue, but it’s still a rather unattractive representation of the Barcelona striker.

Alberto Morales Saravia, the statue’s sculptor, acknowledged he’d never met Suarez and was working from images of the Uruguayan striker he found on the internet.

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4. Gareth Bale

The man who did the infamous Ronaldo statue (not the previous one, a different one higher up this list of disgraceful statues) also made one of Gareth Bale in 2017.

Emanuel Santos did a similarly bad job with Bale, who must have been mortified when heard which sculptor was designing a statue for him.

The statue is worth a reported £25,000 and weighs 40kg.

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3. Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

You have to admire the artist’s bravery in attempting to honor both Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and 70s disco icon Leo Sayer in one statue… but credit where credit is due to the artist who appears to have done so. Salah’s statue was revealed in Egypt in 2018 and was immediately compared to Gail Platt, Marv from Home Alone, and even Beavis and Butthead… harsh.

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2. Alexis Sanchez

A national hero, the 33-year-old is Chile’s all-time top scorer with 46 goals.

He has also made the most appearances for his country. Given his cult status, it came as a surprise when the statue was subject to vandalism.

The creation was severely damaged, with its face disfigured. The number 7 on the back was also scratched off.

The Chilean was phenomenal at Arsenal before he made the decision to join rivals Manchester United.

Sanchez was at his best under Wenger and would have probably got a statue outside the Emirates if he had stayed longer.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Few sportsmen deserve a statue more than Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer who has broken numerous records on his way to becoming one of the game’s all-time greats.

In his hometown of Madeira, the record goalscorer in the history of Real Madrid, Portugal, the Champions League, and international football was ‘honored’ with this odd tribute.

This ‘piece of art’ was revealed after the city’s airport was renamed Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport in 2017, with social media users eager to pick out similarities to Niall Quinn and the Art Attack head, among others.

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