Retro Football: Newcastle Fans Dress ‘Angel Of The North’ Statue In Giant Alan Shearer Shirt, 1998 (Photo & Video)

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Originally denounced as an eyesore by some, The Angel of the North has now been welcoming weary pilgrims back to Gateshead and Newcastle for two decades.

Anthony Gormley's imposing steel sculpture was completed in February of 1998 and has now been in situ on Birtley hill, arms outstretched above the A1, for 20 years.

Rather Unflattering Cristiano Ronaldo Ice Sculpture Unveiled In Moscow Park Ahead Of Russia World Cup (Photos)

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To help promote the upcoming World Cup in Russia, an exhibition of ice sculptures has been placed in situ at the Park Pobedy in Moscow which features over 40 carvings, all said to be "symbols" of the various competing countries.

Of course, Portugal's entry is a large glacial rendering of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Man Utd’s Snazzy New ‘Holy Trinity’ Silver Third Shirt Was Designed By A 21-Year-Old Fan (Photos & Video)

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Manchester United have released their new third kit for 2017-18 and it's not nearly as bad as it might have been.

When images of the strip leaked a couple of months back it looked like United's 'Holy Trinity' homage was shaping up to be an eyesore "Morph and his family choosing which rollercoaster to go on" but, mercifully, the design is much more subtle than first feared.

Luis Suarez Statue Vandalised In Hometown, Culprit Leaves Note Saying ‘At Messi’s Wedding, Be Back Soon’ (Photo)

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Having previously joined the elite tier of footballers with ill-proportioned statues erected in their honour, Luis Suarez has now gained entry into the even elite-er club of players to have had theirs vandalised.

Just last year, this 5ft 9in papier-mâché colossus appeared on the streets of Suarez's hometown of Salto in Uruguay.

Belgian Town Of Tubize Re-Paint Strange ‘Platini’ Statue To Look Like Local Hero Eden Hazard (Photos)

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Tubize, the small town in Belgium where Eden Hazard spent his formative footballing years before leaving for Lille, have unveiled a new statue in tribute to their most famous son.

Standing on a grass verge outside AFC Tubize's home ground, the huge surrealist statue was originally created in 1986 as a slightly odd and misplaced paean to Michel Platini (see below), but the local government hired artistRoberto Oliveiro to come back and re-spray the bulbousfigure to look like Hazard.

There Is Now A Strange, Grey, Half-Naked Statue Of Hulk In Porto’s Club Museum (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

With Hulk returning to Porto last night with Zenit for the first time since the big move St. Petersburg-wards in the summer of 2012, it afforded the Brazilian forward the chance to see his new statue in the Portuguese club's museum at theEstadio do Dragao.

Sir Alex Ferguson Statue Unveiled Outside Old Trafford (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Along with the entire first-team squad and around 2,500 fans, a smattering of former Manchester United luminaries were present last night as Sir Alex Ferguson's long-overdue statue was unveiled outside Old Trafford, withEric Cantona, Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Peter Schmeichel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all turning out for the occassion.

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Asamoah Gyan Becomes Latest Ghanaian Hero To Be Given Strange, Lumpy Statue In Kumasi (Photo)

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Asamoah Gyan has become the latest Ghana international to receive a questionable sculptural homage, just days after Michael Essien was immortalised in weird, angular form by a local artist.

Essien's harrowing statue was unveiled in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi last Wednesday, with the entire internet recoiling in horror in unison at first sight.

‘Even Jesus Couldn’t Please Everyone’ – Portuguese Sculptor Responsible For Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Defends His Wonky Handiwork

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While it may have attracted derisionfrom nigh-on everybody who has laid their eyes upon it, the artist responsible for the wonky bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled outside Madeira airport yesterday has defended his work.

As soon as the cover came off, the statue was being instantly mocked the world over as disbelieving onlookers wryly questioned why Madeira were paying tribute to Niall Quinn/Raoul Moat/John-Arne Riise/Brock Lesnar/the door knockers from Labyrinth, etc, etc.

Uncanny: New Cristiano Ronaldo Bronze Bust Unveiled At Madeira Airport Is Laughably Awful (Photos)

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The good people of Madeira have paid homage to the Portuguese island's most famous son by renaming their international airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Indeed, Ronaldo himselfreturned home to accept the tribute in person from Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who also unveiled a magnificent bust of the Real Madrid superstar on the concourse outside.

‘You Usually Only Get This After You Die’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Be Honoured With Statue Outside Swedish National Stadium

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to be honoured with a large statue outside Sweden's national football stadium after the Manchester United striker was presented with the11th Guldbollen award of his career on Monday evening.

The Guldbollen (i.e, Gold Ball) is awarded to Sweden's top male football player.

Uruguay: Luis Suarez Honoured With Odd Life-Size Statue In Hometown Of Salto (Photos)

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It's common knowledge that, especially in football circles, you ain't nobody until somebody makes an odd, ill-proportioned statue of you.

Finally, Luis Suarez has joined those hallowed ranks after it was ordained last year that a tribute to the Uruguayan city of Salto's most famous son be plonked in the middle of the pavement in honour of his continuing service to the national team.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Sculptor Responsible For Appalling Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Returns To Immortalise Gareth Bale In Bronze (Photo)

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Emanuel Santos. You may not recall the name but you almost certainly know of his work, for he is the Portuguese sculptor responsible for creating *that* wonk-faced bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Presumably not aware that the entire world spent several days laughing in utter disbeliefwhen his misshapen masterpiece went on display outside Madeira International Airport, Santos has returned to once again immortalise another Real Madrid player in bronze.

Cristiano Ronaldo statue in Madeira tagged with Lionel Messi’s name

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Cristiano Ronaldo's statue in Funchal, capital of his home island of Madeira, has been tagged with the name and shirt number of arch-rival Lionel Messi, according to local press reports.

The graffiti was put on the statue overnight on Tuesday, just hours after Barcelona's Argentine star Messi claimed a fifth world player of the year award, beating out Real Madrid's Portuguese striker and three-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo in the process.

Cristiano Ronaldo statue in Madeira tagged with Lionel Messi’s name

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Cristiano Ronaldo's statue in Funchal, capital of his home island of Madeira, has been tagged with the name and shirt number of arch-rival Lionel Messi, according to local press reports.

The graffiti was put on the statue overnight on Tuesday, just hours after Barcelona's Argentine star Messi claimed a fifth world player of the year award, beating out Real Madrid's Portuguese striker and three-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo in the process.


Arsenal’s Dennis Bergkamp statue set to be unveiled

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A statue of Dennis Bergkamp will be unveiled outside Arsenal's stadium later this month, the club has confirmed. The Gunners announced last year that they had commissioned a statue to honour the Dutchman. They have now revealed it will be unveiled on February 22 ahead of the game against Sunderland. The Bergkamp statue is completed [.

Dennis Bergkamp reflects on his statue and his fork

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By Billy the Dog McGraw

It was a week of high pleasure and much rejoicing as the news finally broke about me ol' mucker Dennis B. We had of course both been malarkying around the cement factory watching his statue reach God-like proportions and having the drunken warlords who scribble for our nation's national newspapers, [.

Arsenal legend to grace the Emirates again [plus video]

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When Dennis Bergkamp ended his playing career in 2006, he had scored 122 goals for Arsenal at a rate of more than one every two games. He had picked up 10 winners medals with the the club, and been a key part of the invincibles who went an entire league season unbeaten.

The first match at the new Emirates Stadium was a testimonial for the non-flying Dutchman, and he will soon grace the stadium again, in statue form.

Snapshot: Arsenal Legend Dennis Bergkamp To Get A Statue Outside The Emirates…

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By Chris Wright

The Ice Man('s statue) cometh...

Sadly, it seems Andy O'Brien won't be part of the finished statue. Damn shame.

Is it just us or does the Bergkamp statue look a bit silly? They've used Jens Lehmann's face for starters, the pose seems a tad on the cartoonish side (it hardly encapsulates a man who spent very little of his time in the air!

Should Bergkamp have got an Arsenal statue ahead of Henry?

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The celebration of Arsenal's 125th anniversary recently has led to the erection of three Arsenal legends namely Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman. Many questioned Henry's credentials to have a statue outside the Emirates. This is because Henry left the club in 2007 due to declining form and the desire to wanting to win [.

Does Van Persie need to sign a new contact to become an Arsenal legend?

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With statues of Tony Adams, Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman erected recently in celebration for Arsenal's 125th anniversary, a lot of attention was turned to Arsenal's current flying Dutchman. Many questioned Van Persie's credentials to be an Arsenal great in years to come. Van Persie has been at the club since 2005.

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Qatar Buy *That* 15ft Statue Of Zinedine Zidane Head-Butting Marco Materazzi As Part Of World Cup Hype Campaign

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By Chris Wright

Qatar are definitely getting their priorities right as the country prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. They may have inhospitable climates, no stadiums, insufficient infrastructure, allegations of Nepalese slave labour to deal with and absolutely zippo in the way of footballing pedigree, but what they do have now, thanks to a significant investment by the country's Museums Authority, is a five-metre-tall statue of Zinedine Zidane's headbutt to Marco Materazzi's sternum yeah, the one from outside the Pompidou Centre that everybody in Paris hated.

Marco Materazzi Goes On Vacation

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And this is where he went. Obviously.

That statue is a great deal larger than it appeared in other photos, too. Zidane must love it, surely.

Paris installs slightly homoerotic statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi

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Statues are usually commissioned to celebrate the high-points of a successful career, not the low-points. But Paris has installed a sculpture commemorating Zinedine Zidane's World Cup final red card. The statue shows the precise moment he headbutted Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final.

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Former Fulham owner taking Michael Jackson statue away from Craven Cottage

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When Mohamed Al Fayed sold Fulham to Shahid Khan, he threatened to shave the Jacksonville Jaguars owner's impressive mustache in public if he touched the bizarre Michael Jackson statue installed outside Craven Cottage in 2011. The garish statue of a pop singer who was friends with Al Fayed never made much sense as a decoration and the beautiful and supremely traditional 117-year-old ground outside of the eccentric owner's mind, but now it's been revealed that Al Fayed isn't going to leave the one-gloved monstrosity behind.

Michael Jackson Statue to be Removed From Fulham’s Craven Cottage

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The Michael Jackson statue that stands at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in west London is to be removed.

"The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course," said a Fulham spokesperson.

The statue was erected in 2011 by the wishes offormer Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Manchester United

Alex Ferguson statue unveiled outside Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney looks confused

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Manchester United unveiled a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford at a ceremony attended by the manager's current squad and many of his past greats. The statue depicts Ferguson with his arms crossed in a defiant pose that would intimidate any referee who might dare to refuse his shouts for a penalty or a dozen extra minutes of stoppage time.

Sir Alex Ferguson Statue to be Unveiled at Old Trafford

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Manchester United reviled on their website today that a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson will be unveiled on November 23, 2012.

Today marks the 26th anniversary of Ferguson's appointment; which makes the announcement of such an honor especially meaningful.

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Ex-Chelsea Midfielder Michael Essien Recipient Of Harrowing Statue Tribute In Ghana (Photo)

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It's been a long time coming, but Michael Essien has finally taken his rightful place among the Hall of Misshapen, Partially-Melted Heroes the elite strata of footballers who have had dreadful statues forged in their honour.

A life-size tribute to the former Chelsea midfielder has been unveiled inKumasi, Ghana's second city, and by the looks of things, the artist responsible did so without having the first clue what a 'Michael Essien' actually is or does.

Shit Lookalikes: The New Diego Maradona Statue In Kolkata & Bobby Ewing From ‘Dallas’

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A new statue tribute to Diego Maradona has been unveiled in Kolkata, India, and, given that it looks more like his grandmother, it's being mocked to the hilt on social media this morning.

The bronze is supposed to depict Maradona aged 25, hoisting the spoils aloft after dragging Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup.

Some Urchin Has Stolen The Entire Top Half Of Lionel Messi’s Statue In Buenos Aires (Photo)

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While Cristiano Ronaldo was busy picking up his latest FIFA trinket on Monday, Lionel Messi was suffering the ignominy of having his entire upper body stolen.

To clarify, vandals somehow managed to scarper with the entire top half of the Messi statue that was unveiled on the Paseo de la Gloria in Buenos Aires only six months ago.

Benitez On Why He Wants To Do Really Well At Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez pulled no punches yesterday in his praise for Alan Shearer as his new statueat St. James'Parkwas unveiled in what was a reallymemorable day for both Alan and the club. Rafa was full of praise for the Newcastle number 9 one of the greatest players ever to wear the famous black and white [.

Eusebio Statue Finds New Home in Ludlow

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The Eusebio statute that once toiled in the shadows of Gillette Stadium is about to get a brand new home.

After spending the past year in storage, the statue of the legendary Portuguese footballer will be displayed at the Western Mass Pioneers' home park at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow.

Arsenal Debate – Bergkamp being lined to replaced Wenger?

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Bergkamp's return to Arsenal set in stone! by PM

There is no doubt that Dennis Bergkamp is seen by Arsenal supporters as one of our greatest ever heroes along with other legends like Thierry Henry and Tony Adams, and it is great news that the Dutchman is going to be rewarded with a statue of his own at the Emirates this summer.

Mario Balotelli isn’t getting a statue of himself flexing after all

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On Tuesday, reports of Mario Balotelli commissioning a statue of himself sternly flexing quickly blanketed the Internet. But according to Italian paper Corriere della Sera, an email written by Balotelli and sent by his brother, claims the tale of a Mario Balotelli statue to be housed in Mario Balotelli's house is false.

After 8 wonderful years, Alex leaves Turkey and his statue behind on sour terms

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By Jack Lang

"I've never cried as much as I did this week," he sighed as the camera bulbs flashed. He won't have been the only one. After a fruitful eight-year romance, Brazilian playmaker Alex finalised his departure from Fenerbahçe this week, leaving fans in Turkey to lament the loss of one of its biggest sporting stars.

Osgood unveiled: ‘A statue fit for a king’

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"Without a doubt (Peter Osgood) should be the one with a statue here. This is a wonderful tribute to what he brought to the club. We will never forget him because he is now there every time we come to the Bridge."
-former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti

The King of Stamford Bridge.