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Mess in stone: Salah, Ronaldo and more sculptural abominations

This statue recently unveiled in Egypt tried to capture Mohamed Salah's trademark pose, which it does well. Although the sculptor seemed less concerned about scale and what Salah actually looks like. The Simon Garfunkel likeness is uncanny.

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Maradona has never looked so good holding a World Cup trophy bigger than his head. This statue was unveiled at a club in Kolkata, India last year. The likeness to the Argentine great is dubious at best, but the trophy is spot on, albeit a little out of scale.

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Pele was soon taken to Jabbah the Hut's lair after this photo was taken, before being and saved by Princess Leah. It took some time for his eyesight to return.

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This statue of Southampton's legendary manager Ted Bates caused uproar amongst fans. It was later replaced with a more respectful and life-like piece which does not have any of the same comedic value and so is not worth showing.

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Perhaps the most famous on the list, this statue of Ronaldo at Madeira Airport was later replaced, much to the delight of the Portuguese star.

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The life-size tribute of Micheal Essien in Ghana was produced by an anonymous artist. We can understand why he wanted to stay anonymous.

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Guns 'n' Roses lead guitarist Slash was disappointed to learn that this statue unveiled in Colombia was not actually to commemorate him, but Colombian footballing legend Carlos Alberto Valderrama.

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This second statue of Ronaldo was noticeably better than the other on that list. Ronaldo is seen here giving the thumbs up to the artist's incredibly generous representation of his groin area.

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There is endless debate on who is the better player between Ronaldo and Messi. But we think this photo definitely closes any debate on who has the worst statue commemoration.

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The artist of this statue depicting Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2010 World Cup final strangely chose to commerate this infamous moment of the French player's career. We'd love to know the reasons behind it.

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This Alan Shearer statue unveiled outside St. James Statium in Newcastle is probably the least worse on this list.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic supposedly went on on six-month diet before posing for this statue.

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Those always genuiously funny people in the Paddy Power marketing department commissioned the artist of the Ronaldo Statue to do a similar commemoration of ex-Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale. "I'm very happy. I feel very proud of it. For me, it's an honour to make Gareth Bale because he's a great player," said artist Emanuel Santos, whose statue was unveiled in Cardiff in 2017.

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This 19-foot statue of Radamel Falcao was bulit in his hometown in Santa Marta, Colombia. And it's too late to take it down now. We're wondering what Falcao had done to the artist.

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And last but not least is Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano. Yeah that's him there.

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