New Mohamed Salah statue doesn't look like Mohamed Salah

New Mohamed Salah statue doesn't look like Mohamed Salah

The artwork was put on display on Sunday at the World Youth Forum (WYF) being held in Sharm al-Sheikh. The figurine depicts the Liverpool forward in his trademark goalscoring celebration, with hands spread out and looking upwards, but with skinny legs and comparatively small bust - it seemed more like a caricature than a tribute.

Twitter users offered up a number of names that the sculpture resembled closer, from 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, to the character Marv from the movie Home Alone.

Salah has not publicly commented on the statue.

But her effort was widely mocked on social media and was unfavourably compared with the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo bust which was ridiculed previous year. He was later given a second chance at it by website The Bleacher Report.

The event, which is in its second year, was created by young people in Egypt to help promote peace and prosperity.

The striker scored 32 goals in his debut season with Liverpool, won England's player's player of the year award and was nominated for Fifa's world player of the year.

Abdel Allah said she was inspired to make the statue, which was shown at the World Youth Forum in the Red Sea resort city, by Salah's gesture of "opening his arms to the fans" after scoring goals.

Born in Nagrig in northern Egypt, Salah enjoys widespread popularity in his home country.