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Michael Essien effigy is a new contender for worst footballer statue ever

The life-size model of the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Ghana midfielder has been installed in Ghana


The laughable Cristiano Ronaldo bust looked unbeatable as the worst footballer effigy of all time.

At least, that was until a ridiculous bronze sculpture of Diego Maradona appeared in India.

Now, there's another contender for the unwanted title in the form of a Michael Essien statue.

The life-size model of the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Ghana midfielder has been installed at the roadside in Oduom, a small town in the Ashanti region of his home nation.

At best, it's interesting. At worst, it's an abomination.

The statue is interesting, to say the least (Image: @SaddickAdams/Twitter)

Saddick Adams, a sports journalist based in Ghana, took a picture of the statue and shared it on Twitter on Monday, telling the footballer, 35, it was a "beautiful gift".

It's fair to say the majority of others disagree.

Here's what they say...

Last year, artist Emanuel Santos was widely mocked after creating a bronze bust of Ronaldo.

It was created to mark the renaming of an airport on the player's native island of Madeira, Portugal.

Ronaldo's bust was compared to the one from Art Attack (Image: AFP)

People thought it looked more like the bust from kids' TV show Art Attack than the Real Madrid forward.

A few months later, a cartoonish bronze sculpture of Argentina legend Maradona popped up in Kolkata.

Maradona or Mrs Brown? (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

The man himself appeared bemused after being faced with the figure.

On social media, people compared the effort to everything from a young Roy Hodgson to Mrs Brown... of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' fame.

The question now is, who will be next to immortalised in comical fashion?

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