After Egypt unveiled the sculpture of Liverpool and country’s football star Mohamed Salah, it is raising eyebrows on social media.
The sculpture of the Egyptian forward, which was shown at the World Youth Forum in his native country’s Sharm-el Sheikh, comes after a bust of fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was widely mocked.
The statue shows Salah, who set a new Premier League goalscoring record last season, in his trademark celebration pose with arms aloft to the crowd.
The 26-year-old Salah broke the Premier League goalscoring record last season with 32 goals in his debut campaign scored 32 goals in his debut season with Liverpool, won England’s player’s player of the year award and was nominated for Fifa’s world player of the year.
But the likeness of the work by the Egyptian sculptor Mia Abdel Allah has not been quite so acclaimed as the player himself.
However, rather than act as a tribute, the statue has become the butt of several jokes on the internet, especially due to its likeness with several other celebrities.
Check out some tweets here:
— Z🌊 (@zadddylonglegs) November 4, 2018
— jame #WelcomeToTheEmeryates 🎗 (@Weener14) November 4, 2018
That new statue of Mo Salah looks familiar pic.twitter.com/W84D1nMZIk
— Jamés (@utdsupreme) November 4, 2018
Once you've seen it you can't unsee it. Mo Salah's statue is a dead ringer for Marv. pic.twitter.com/CCNyU1rEzW
— Jack (@cr0ssland) November 4, 2018
WTAF?!! Salah statue manages to be worse than last years Ronaldo bust pic.twitter.com/F6k47JmMe1
— Mike (@M1KE_LFC) November 5, 2018
looks like Leo Sayer pic.twitter.com/OoECwZK7aA
— Cöl (@Colette_AFC) November 4, 2018
— Америко (Américo) (@Americo_Martinx) November 5, 2018
This new statue of Mo Salah… worse than Maradona or dead heat?😳😂 pic.twitter.com/nCCsNFFU0G
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) November 5, 2018
A statue has been made of Mo Salah with his iconic celebration…
Who did it better? 😂 pic.twitter.com/c6l1jKd4Fa
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 4, 2018
— Damian (@Dazoo1977) November 4, 2018
It Has Started 😂😂😂
— AZR Organization (@AzrOrganization) November 5, 2018
— ֆȶօɦ (@yaboystoh) November 5, 2018
Tbf, mo salah does look like Marv from home alone pic.twitter.com/y0jMWi6aPR
— Whinney 🏴 (@bwhinney15) November 4, 2018
— Simon Watts (@SimonWattsHull) November 5, 2018
— kiefer hoverhand (@fivedollardare) November 5, 2018