Giant Diego Maradona statue draws ridicule

I am not god of football’ Maradona after unveiling statue in Kolkata

But a new statue of Diego Maradona in India makes the Ronaldo iconography look like the best thing since Michaelangelo decided the Sistine Chapel needed a makeover.

Diego Maradona travelled to India to unveil a statue of himself and it has attracted ridicule from just about everyone online.

Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (L) gestures during a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017.

It was his second visit to India in nine years after 2008.

The statue was unveiled in Kolkata and HOW BIG IS THAT WORLD CUP HE'S HOLDING!?

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Maradona was in attendance for the grand unveiling in the Indian city and seemed to enjoy the statue, before celebrating by kicking footballs into the crowd. Kolkata is a very special place and I have good memories from my trip there many years ago, the fans were fantastic.

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

The statue, however, has been a target of online ridicule especially among the British press, with the likes of BBC Sport and CNN claiming that the Cristiano Ronaldo face bust statue faux-pas, created by Emanuel Santos, was still better than this freakish statue.

It was learnt that the football workshop, which preceded the game, dragged on beyond the scheduled time forcing a seemingly jaded Maradona to not play later.

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