Move over Ronaldo and Maradona, Michael Essien is ready to take your title for the worst statue in football.
Much has been said about Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue since it was unveiled on his home island of Madeira early last year.
It was largely mocked online by people who said it looked nothing like the Portuguese star.
Best statue: Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/Fi0hcQynCR
— Tom (@ThisIsTomM) December 23, 2017
Then came the Maradona statue in India. Unveiled at a football club in Calcutta, football fans once again made fun of the bronze, although the man himself defended it, apparently saying “it’s amazing to have my statue here.”
#Argentine football icon #Diego_Maradona unveiled 12-feet statue of himself holding aloft the 1986 #WorldCupTrophy and erected at a park named after the name, on Dec 12, 2017.
"It's amazing to have my statue here," the 1986 World Cup winner said. pic.twitter.com/gB092dzRmN
— Aarti Singh?? (@ArtiParmar23) December 19, 2017
Now, we have another contender after a statue dedicated to former Chelsea and Ghana legend Michael Essien was recently discovered in his homeland.
maybe these sculptors must help us understand what's going on..
.If you thought Ronaldo's was crazy….Micheal Essien ???? pic.twitter.com/306W36ue2T
— george addo jnr (@addojunr) January 2, 2018
The artwork depicts Essien in his Chelsea kit, which is a good job because if it didn’t you might have a hard time working out who it was.
There is no word on whether Essien, who is currently playing for Persib Bandung in Indonesia, was consulted during the planning phase of the statue.
Given the end result, it’s probably fair to say he wasn’t.