Diego Maradona statue joins list of shoddy artwork of football’s stars

As one of the most legendary footballers of all time, it stands to reason that Diego Maradona captured his likeness in statue form more than most.

Unfortunately, the resemblance isn’t always particularly favorable, and Maradona has suffered his fair share of poor busts and shabby sculptures over the years,

Indeed, the latest entry into the grand pantheon came when a tribute to the late, great world champion legend was unveiled during the international COTIF U20 tournament in L’Alcudia, a small town in the province of Valencia, Spain.

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As part of a wider tribute to Maradona, the statuette was proudly unveiled by Argentina Football Federation President Claudio Tapia.

Designed and created by local Spanish artist Rafael Ferri, the character was unveiled ahead of the COTIF final at Els Arcs stadium, where Argentina’s U20 side eventually defeated Valencia’s academy team 2-0 to lift the trophy.

Given the dubious similarities between El Diego and Ferri’s chunky artwork, social media quickly had their fun as fans mocked the statue, instead attributing it to Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Lee and even the infamous botched restoration of the Portrait of Jesus (Ecce Homo) compared. by an 80-year-old amateur artist in Borja, Spain, in 2012.

Let’s not forget this 12-foot-tall masterpiece in Calcutta, India, which appears to have inadvertently used a photo of Bobby Ewing from “Dallas” as a reference rather than Maradona.

Again, no images of Maradona appeared to have been used as source material for this absolutely generic gold figurine on location at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires.

Of course, Maradona isn’t the only star player who has been molded into something completely different than his actual appearance. Some of the world’s biggest stars have suffered the same fate.

Let’s start with Cristiano Ronaldo, who had the misfortune of being the subject of one of the strangest artistic tributes of all time in 2017.

Man City recently unfurled a glittering statue of Sergio Aguero following his emotional departure from the club, depicting the striker’s famous exploits on the final day of the 2011/12 season.

Unfortunately, due to a combination of the glittery blue material used and the faint resemblance to Aguero, it looked like City had installed a huge tribute to Captain Planet in the hall outside the Etihad.

City hero David Silva was also given a similar statue outside the stadium to mark his 10-year career at the club, but it paled in comparison to the odd, bent, slightly weatherworn bronze already in existence in his hometown of Las Palmas was issued.

Located in front of an office supply store on a nondescript street corner in the Uruguayan town of Salto, this chubby statue of hometown boy Luis Suarez is all the more amusing for being slightly smaller than life-size.


And last on this list of statue faux pas, Mohamed Salah.

Once you see Todd FlandersYou can’t lose sight of Todd Flanders.

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Emma Bowman

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