Sculptor who made Mohamed Salah statue explains why it went wrong

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The statue which was unveiled in the Egyptian City of Sharm el-Sheikh over the weekend depicts Salah in his trademark goalscoring pose.

A controversial statue of star Mohamed Salah has been unveiled yesterday in his home country, which has caused a stir online over the depiction of the Liverpool and Egypt star.

Salah's weird statue has also made some people remember the Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture that drew the world's attention.

But she also admitted she had no hand in pouring the bronze into the mould and was "not happy" with the final product, according to CNN.

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Sculptor Mai Abdullah, who produced the work, said she was "inspired to make the statue by Salah's gesture of opening his arms to the fans" after scoring goals, which he did easily last season as he fired Liverpool to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

While the skill involved can not be denied, fans were quick to point out that the sculpture bore an uncanny resemblance to several other well-known figures, including Art Garfunkel and actor Daniel Stern, who played Marv the burglar in "Home Alone".

Salah was nominated for the Best Fifa Men's Player 2018 after a hugely successful first season at Anfield, and is viewed as a national hero in his native Egypt, who he helped to a first World Cup appearance since 1990.

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