Sayer it isn’t Mo

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

You know when some­one posts a pic of you on Face­book and you’re livid be­cause you’re not ex­actly look­ing your best ... well have some sym­pa­thy for Liver­pool and Egyp­tian foot­ball star Mo Salah — or rather the statue of him un­veiled this week to wide­spread de­ri­sion. At best he looks like 70s pop star Leo Sayer, or per­haps Art Gar­funkel (check the meme where the statue has per­fectly re­placed Gar­funkel on the Bridge Over Trou­bled Wa­ter al­bum cover). At worst, it’s pos­si­bly trumped the bust of Por­tu­gal star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo as the most mocked foot­ball art. The statue was un­veiled at the World Youth Fo­rum in the Egyp­tian re­sort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi. With large ears and an over­sized head cov­ered in a huge afro, the hob­bit-like Salah fea­tures dis­pro­por­tion­ately small limbs and hands. The statue al­legedly cap­tures Salah in his iconic goal cel­e­bra­tion pose of arms out­stretched. Crit­ics are un­de­cided if it’s worse than the Ron­aldo bust where his face looked like it had been dis­fig­ured by a can­non­ball. In a Face­book post, the woman who made the Salah sculp­ture said the brass statue came out look­ing dif­fer­ent to the orig­i­nal mould. “I hope peo­ple learn the art of crit­i­cism po­litely and re­spect,” she wish­fully said. It’s likely the statue will meet the same fate as Ron­aldo’s bust — melted down.

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