An image of Ghana’s midfield maestro, Michael Essien’s statue, has generated lots of talk on social media after pictures of it were compared to those of international footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Diego Maradona
The art has been in existence for some years now on the Boadi Road in Kumasi but the artisan is unknown.
Essien commenced his football career with Ghana Premier League side Liberty Professionals before moving to Europe, where he played for top sides like Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan winning lots of club cum individual accolades along.
Essien was part of the squad that qualified Ghana to its first ever World Cup in 2006 and helped the team reach the finals of the 2010 AFCON.
The midfield maestro who currently plies his trade with Indonesian topflight side Persib Bandung has witnessed his outputs appreciated in his homeland, with a statue erected in his honor.
Describing the sculpture, an international online portal said the statue “looks completely unnatural for a footballer to be in this position with his legs crossed and the ball at his feet.
“When you come onto his huge torso and a slight bit of belly bulging his shirt at the waist line.”
Finally, the metallic creation’s depiction of Essien’s face is a thing of pure beauty. The artwork is clearly skillful but the likeness to the real thing is very questionable.”, the description read.
Ghanaweb.com has put together some of the jaw cracking comments from social media below
maybe these sculptors must help us understand what's going on..— george addo jnr (@addojunr) January 2, 2018
.If you thought Ronaldo's was crazy....Micheal Essien ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/306W36ue2T
This statue of Michael Essien has just been erected in Ghana and it may be the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life pic.twitter.com/YZIdmIwA7J— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) January 3, 2018
EXPRESS Chelsea hero Michael Essien honoured with BIZARRE statue - worse than Cristiano Ronaldo's— Chelsea FC G+ (@CFCGooglePlus) January 3, 2018
CRISTIANO RONALDO can be forgiven for hating the bust that was unveiled in his honour at the new Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo last March. https://t.co/a4g8Vm6HxZ
They've given Michael Essien's statue the hairline of Saido Mane pic.twitter.com/P4vH3fkAwO— Mark ???????????????????????????? (@_The12thMan) January 3, 2018
Statue of Michael Essien found in Ghana.— i_am_sog (@SOGMadeIt) January 3, 2018
Come on... This guy is a Chelsea legend FFS.
Next time ask Rochas how it is done pic.twitter.com/z0tMoKFBwO
Forget the Cristiano Ronaldo bust or Diego Maradona's effigy - this tribute to Michael Essien in Kumasi, Ghana must surely be the worst statue in football? pic.twitter.com/5vwYBqZU9a— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) January 3, 2018
Its not a recent statue, it has been there since Essien was at Chelsea.— RAFAjnr (@RafaCrosta) January 3, 2018