Diego Maradona statue likened to Susan Boyle, Mrs Brown and Roy Hodgson after dodgy bust is erected in India

DIEGO MARADONA and Cristiano Ronaldo are both contenders to be the greatest footballer of all time.

But they are both also in the running for having the worst statues in their honour.

— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) December 11, 2017

The people of Kolkata, India erected this statue in honour of Diego Maradona

Argentina legend Maradona, 57, unveiled a 12ft bust in Kolkata, India, of him holding the World Cup.

The city has somewhat idolised Maradona after a 2008 visit when thousands rushed to the airport to see him.

But the artwork now gracing the city is a far cry from the player who won the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

Social media users compared the statue’s likeness to Susan Boyle, Mrs Brown and Roy Hodgson.

Diego Maradona and girlfriend Rocio Oliva visited Kolkata to hand out aids to cancer sufferers

The city of Kolkata somewhat idolises Diego Maradona after a visit in 2008

Diego Maradona plays up to his crowd of supporters in India

Diego Maradona told the people who came to see him he was 'just a footballer'

Diego Maradona signs a footballer during his charity visit to Kolkata

Diego Maradona kisses the forehead of a cancer sufferer in Kolkata

It draws comparison to the Art Attack-like statue created to honour Cristiano Ronaldo in Madeira in March.

One user wrote: “Good to see the chap that did the Ronaldo one is still in business.”

Maradona will perhaps secretly have his fingers crossed that his statue sees the same fate as countryman Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona superstar’s bust was ripped down – leaving nothing but his boot touching a ball – after being targeted by vandals in Buenos Aires.

Or is that Roy Hodgson? We can't decide 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/EQnRiMXfT3

— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) December 11, 2017

Maradona, 57, and girlfriend Rocio Oliva, 27, met and gave cheques of 10,000 rupees (£116) to cancer patients during their charitable visit to Kolkata.

He told the gathering crowd: “I am not god of football but a simple footballer.

“I’m happy to be here in Kolkata again. It’s amazing to have my statue here.”

He is set to take on former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly in an exhibition match called “Diego vs Dada”.

Diego Maradona's statue draws similarities to this bust of Cristiano Ronaldo

Vandals destroyed a Lionel Messi statue erected in Buenos Aires

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/5119506/diego-maradona-statue-erected-india/

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