Liverpool's Mohamed Salah statue ridiculed by football fans

Sebastian Caceres

A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled Monday at an global youth gathering in Egypt has been criticized for its poor resemblance to the Liverpool striker.

The piece was on display at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday and depicts the Liverpool striker pulling off his trademark celebration - arms spread out wide at his sides.

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Some on social media have said the sculpture looks more like 1970s singer Leo Sayer, while others likened it to cartoon characters Beavis and Butt-Head and the character Marv Merchants from the Home Alone films. He was later given a second chance at it by website The Bleacher Report.

Last season the 26-year old took the Premier League by storm scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances winning the Golden Boot in the process.

Either way, Salah now has his very own curious statue and that, in footballing terms, is nothing short of a badge of honour - semi-official confirmation of superstar status.

Sculptor Mai Abdel Allah told Egyptian media that she created the statue because Salah stood as a symbol of excellence for Egyptian youth, describing the artwork as "distinguished and executable".