Diego Maradona is considered by some to be the greatest football player in history, it’s only natural then that his home country of Argentina should want to honour him, after all he did (controversially) score them a winning goal in the 1986 World Cup Final. As such the statue depicts him at the age 25 holding up the World Cup, celebrating their monumental win. Just to further him further the statue stands at 12 feet high to further press on his importance. It’s a shame then that the statue looks so ridiculous. People have compared to the likes of a somebody’s grandma as opposed to a young athlete in his prime. The statue was unveiled by the man himself though he’s never said what he thinks of thing, we can’t imagine he is pleased with it to be honest.
Michael Jackson has been surrounded in controversy since before his death so it’s only fitting that this statue be the same. This statue of Billie Jeans non-lover was erected outside of Craven Cottage, Fulham Football Club’s home grounds, by its previous owner Mohamed Al Fayed who was a personal friend of Jacko. Despite Al Fayed insisting that Michael was a big fan of the team’s the statue was hated by most fans and they called for the thing to be torn down. Alas, the calls were in vane and Al Fayed wouldn’t budge on the thing. Not only is it incredibly unrelated to its surrounding but it isn’t even a great likeness of the man, the thing looks like a Thunderbirds version of him. Eventually the club was sold to Shahid Khan who appeased the fans by removing it in 2013 after which Fulham were relegated, naturally Al Fayed attested the loss to the removal of the statue, claiming it was a lucky charm for the team. If you’re one of the few people that misses the statue worry not, you can still go and admire it in the National Football Museum.
Here is a statue that had all the best intentions (as they always do) however the intriguing idea and concept actually end up just confusing the whole thing, it doesn’t help that the likeness is so off, even if they did manage to capture his somewhat grim expression. The statue was debuted in 2011 during the Shanghai Masters in order to honour the tennis legend. You’ll notice that he is dressed as a Chinese warrior, replicating the famous Terracotta Army soldiers. To be honest I quite like what they’ve tried to do here, it feels like a genuine way of showing how highly they regard the man as well as the sport however it’s quite hard to actually recognise who the statue is meant to be, the face looks far too old, looking closer to Martin Clunes than it does Andy Murray. That being said he is holding a tennis racket so that helps.