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Is the Diego Maradona statue worse than Ronaldo's?

12 December, 2017, 18:00 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • I am not god of football’ Maradona after unveiling statue in Kolkata

After a few months' delay, football legend Diego Maradona has unveiled a statue of himself in India.

The sculpture has attracted a lot of attention online, with many tweeting their shock at the healthily coiffed statue, joking that it bears more resemblance to Mrs Brown than the 1986 World Cup victor as a 25-year-old.

Maradona is on a private visit to India.

Maradona had a second gastric bypass operation two years back after his doctor warned that the 57-year-old is overweight.

Maradona handed out cheques worth Rs 10000 each to 11 cancer patients and flagged off an air-conditioned ambulance.

While the pose is recognisable for Maradona's efforts at the 1986 World Cup, the same can't be said for the statue's likeness to the Argentine. "I'm happy to be here in Kolkata again", Maradona said through his interpreter.

"It's fantastic to have my statue here", the 1986 World Cup victor said.

"Thank you very much everybody for coming here", he told reporters at the event on Monday.

Maradona will take on cricket icon Sourav Ganguly in an exhibition match titled "Diego vs Dada" in Barasat, about 35 kilometres from the city.

A bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo, revealed earlier this year, was lambasted for looking nothing like the Real Madrid star and it appears that Maradona's has attracted a similar reaction.


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