Unusual sculpture of Liverpool star, Mo Salah unveiled in Egypt

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The figurine depicts the Liverpool forward in his trademark goalscoring celebration, with hands spread out and looking upwards, but with skinny legs and comparatively small bust - it seemed more like a caricature than a tribute.

Observers on social media said the sculpture made Salah look more like the 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, with other suggesting it looked more like the character Marv from Home Alone.

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.

But the likeness was lost on most social media users, with many drawing comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled at Madeira Airport a year ago.

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Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos, who sculpted the bust, spoke of his sadness about the online criticism of his effort afterwards.

Unveiled at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, artist Mai Abdel Allah told Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram that she created the statue because of the importance Salah carried "both inside Egypt and abroad".

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.

Born in Nagrig in northern Egypt, Salah enjoys widespread popularity in his home country.

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