A statue has been made to honour Mohamed Salah’s success on the back of his magnificent debut season with Liverpool.
That said, were it not for the figure sporting Salah’s signature celebration, you may not have known it was the Egyptian King the bust was paying tribute to.
The work of sculptor Mia Abdel Allah was unveiled at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheikh, reenacting Salah’s familiar spread arms celebration.
A comical lack of resemblance has inevitably seen the work draw unflattering comparisons with the infamous statue of Cristiano Ronaldo.
WTAF?!! Salah statue manages to be worse than last years Ronaldo bust pic.twitter.com/F6k47JmMe1
— Mike (@M1KE_LFC) November 5, 2018
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The initial Ronaldo attempt was eventually amended when sculptor Emanuel Santos made a second attempt to put an end to wide-spread mocking from critics. It may well be that this isn’t the final Salah statue we see.
Jokes aside, it is admittedly a nice reminder of the iconic status Salah has risen to after leading Egypt to their first appearance at the World Cup finals in 28 years.
It is also undoubtedly designed to celebrate the forward’s incredible 44-goal 2017/2018 campaign with the Reds, in which he scored 32 goals to win the Premier League Golden Boot and break the record for the most goals in a 38-game season.
Discussing Salah’s celebration as her inspiration for the statue, Abdel Allah said: “I found it is distinguished and executable,” per Sky News.