Famously recognized for his “Hand of God” purpose towards England within the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona is the most recent soccer nice to be immortalized, this time with a 12-foot statue in India.
The Argentine was on hand for the bust’s current unveiling in Kolkata.
The bronze illustration is of a youthful Maradona, with a head of hair that seems to make him look extra like one of many Beatles than a footballer, holding aloft the World Cup trophy.
Almost single handed, the Argentine guided his nation to their 1986 World Cup success with a sequence of beautiful particular person performances.
“I am not god of football but a simple footballer,” stated Maradona after the disclosing. “It’s amazing to have my statue here.”
However, the statue has provoked loads of mirth on social media, with Maradona’s visage prompting comparisons with singer Susan Boyle, grandmas and a youthful Roy Hodgson, who now manages English Premier League membership Crystal Palace.
Earlier this yr Portuguese artist Emanuel Santos designed a sculpture of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s head to commemorate an airport being renamed after him.
Some social media customers stated the bust seemed extra like different athletes, obscure artwork and the character Sloth from the movie “The Goonies.” It was like one thing from a horror film, one soccer podcast joked on Twitter.
2017 has been a yr when Ronaldo has had not one, however two busts of himself unveiled. The excellent news for the Portuguese star is the second truly seems to be like him.
Situated at Real’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, the bronze determine — made by well-known Spanish sculptor Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga — exhibits a extra hanging likeness of Ronaldo with naturalistic eyes dreamily trying into the gap, thick arched brows, a magnificence mark resting above lifelike curved lips and completely coiffed hair, amongst different particulars.
Maradona, who’s now 57 years outdated, is without doubt one of the biggest gamers in soccer historical past, having helped Napoli win two Italian league titles after a tough two-year keep at Barcelona — each golf equipment signed him for world-record charges.
But his profession was marred by controversy over drug use — he was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup after testing optimistic for ephedrine — and he suffered from subsequent well being issues.
There’s one other statue of Maradona in his former membership Boca Juniors’ museum. Unveiled in 2006, the fiberglass and cement bust was made by sculptor Elizabeth Eichhorn.