To be a footballer is not an easy field to venture into. And that is why those who manage to finish their careers successfully are normally rewarded in various ways. From citations to testimonial games and to high national honours; footballers are appreciated in many ways.
But there is no form of appreciation more special than being immortalised. Very few players have statues erected in their honour, but those who are blessed to have it that way cannot dream of anything better.
For legends, Manchester United have the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law fittingly immortalised outside Old Trafford, while Arsenal also have a statue of former captain Tony Adams outside the Emirates.
But inasmuch as it is a thing of honour to immortalise footballers, the statues made for them do not always go as planned. In fact, there are many players whose statues have been so badly made that you can only describe it as a disaster.
So, let’s take a look at five famous footballers with the worst statues you’ll ever see:
#5 Michael Essien
Former Ghana international Michael Essien is probably the best player to ever play for the West African nation in the last decade. The ex-Chelsea midfielder was a world beater in his prime, helping the Blues to win numerous trophies including the Premier League and the Champions League.
He was also a member of the Ghana squad that qualified for the country’s first-ever World Cup tournament in 2006. Considering the above achievements, Essien definitely deserves a statue, however, what he was honoured with was a complete disaster.
In 2017, a statue was unveiled in his hometown in Kumasi, but the edifice immediately became a thing of international ridicule due to its poor nature. It was that bad. Sorry, Essien.