‘Looks like Susan Boyle’ - Maradona statue ‘likeness’ panned by football fans
Argentine football icon Diego Maradona traveled to India to unveil a statue of himself that bears a rather poor resemblance to the 1986 World Cup-winning captain.
Maradona, 57, donned traditional Indian dress to reveal the statue at a charity event in Kolkata. The 12-foot-high sculpture depicts the legendary Argentina number 10 proudly clutching the World Cup trophy that ‘La Albiceleste’ won in Mexico.
However, social media users have been quick to criticize the design, saying it had little to no likeness to the mercurial former Napoli and Barcelona playmaker.
Maradona has just unveiled a statue of what appears to be one of the Harry Enfield scousers in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/3ruNlTFKH8— Mundial Magazine (@MundialMag) December 11, 2017
“This statue of Diego Maradona in India doesn’t look like him at all. More like a female. Guess they did a CR7 on him,” one Twitter user wrote.
This statue of Diego Maradona in India doesn’t look like him at all. More like a female. Guess they did a CR7 on him 🙈 pic.twitter.com/CjSc3X7Xqr— Mpho Maboi (@MphoMaboi) December 12, 2017
Does Diego Maradona's new statue remind you of anyone...? pic.twitter.com/etqI4bvzUi— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) December 12, 2017
Genuinely thought this was a statue of Roy Hodgson......it's Diego Maradona... pic.twitter.com/V9NAVJMdop— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) December 12, 2017
Another said that the statue bears more of a resemblance to something between Susan Boyle and former England manager Roy Hodgson. Some said it looked like Irish comedy persona Mrs. Brown.
One social media user quipped: “Diego Maradona is in India & a statue of him was unveiled at a charity event in Kolkata. Good to see the chap that did the Ronaldo one is still in business,” making reference to Cristiano Ronaldo’s awry bust, which was unveiled at an airport in his native Madeira.
Diego Maradona is in India & a statue of him was unveiled at a charity event in Kolkata.Good to see the chap that did the Ronaldo one is still in business pic.twitter.com/p5IDzgfExw— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) December 11, 2017
In March, the bust of the 32-year-old Real Madrid star was revealed at the newly renamed Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo on the tiny archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, which was panned by social media users.