A statue of former Chelsea star has joined a list of infamous representations

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Suffice to say most who have seen it are not impressed. The giant piece of artwork which is displayed prominently bears scant likeliness to Essien.

2017 saw some truly depressing attempts at statues for some of the legends of the game with Cristiano Ronaldo and Maradona's statues leading the way.


Diego Maradona

The city of Calcutta thought the best way to commemorate a visit by the legendary Argentina captain was to unveil a statue in his honor. Too bad the statue looked nothing like Maradona and the world made them know it.

Cristiano Ronaldo

A bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled at the airport named after him in Portugal. Many people were quick to point out that the bust didn't look much like the great man.


Before the bust, there was the bulge. Ronaldo was first immortalised in statue form back in 2014, outside a museum dedicated to him in his hometown.

Samuel Eto'o

Back in 2009, a statue in honour of Cameroon's most famous son was erected.


Luis Suarez

The Luis Suarez statue is placed outside a shopping centre in his hometown, Salto.  Suarez was honoured with a statue in his hometown in Uruguay. The use of the word 'honoured' there should be taken with a pinch of salt.

David Beckham

David Beckham was immortalised in a silver statue in New York as part of a new campaign for high street store H&M. The statue was erected as part of a marketing ploy by a well-known high street clothing shop back in 2012.  It does at least look like him, which is a bonus.  That package though...


Alexis Sanchez

This statue was made in honour of Sanchez after he helped guide his country to Copa America glory against Argentina.  As pretty much every football fan knows, Sanchez is a remarkable physical specimen. Sadly, this particular sculptor didn't get that particular memo and made him look something else than a superstar footballer.

Sven Goran Eriksson


People from all walk of have been misrepresented and not just in football. The statue of the Swedish boss has apparently been moved to the local swimming pool now.

Ted Bates

This is the statue that Southampton had built of their legendary manager ten years ago. It couldn't stand for long since it was replaced a year after being unveiled.

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