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Egyptian king or dwarf? Salah statue mocked online

AFP  |  Cairo 

A statue of footballer has been met with since going on display in his native Egypt, with many comparing it to an infamous bronze bust of

The statue was unveiled with pomp and ceremony at the World Youth Forum in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the presence of With large ears poking out from under a huge Afro hairstyle, is captured in the pose of his now iconic goal celebration.

A broad smile is etched across his face and his is tilted backwards as the arms on his pint-sized body are stretched out wide.

is idolised in and Liverpool, after his goal-scoring exploits last season took his country to finals and his English club to the final of

The statue of him been mocked widely on social media, with many likening its appearance to that of 1970s British or his American counterpart

"People thought Ronaldo's statue was bad. Wait till you see Mo Salah's," one user wrote, referring to the bronze bust ridiculed for looking nothing like the Portuguese football superstar.

"Statue carved by by the looks of it!" tweeted another, in reference to the blind US

One user said Salah's statue looked like a "bobble head" -- the dolls placed on the dashboards of cars with oversized heads that nod incessantly.

"Oh god!!!!!! They made statute of dwarf Salah," tweeted another.

"Yes, it's a statue, but where is " said a post on

The Egyptian who sculpted the statue, Mai Abdallah, has defended her work. Abdallah said the statue had been made of plaster but became disfigured when the forums organisers poured bronze over it, much to her surprise.

She said the statue was originally only meant to be used teach sculpture to students, in a post on where she also shared her other statues of Egyptian celebrities.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 21:30 IST