Cristiano RONALDO can be forgiven for hating the bust that was unveiled in his honour at the new Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo last March.
And Chelsea hero Michael Essien may be suppressing similar emotions after a bizarre statue of him was erected in the city of Kumasi .
Essien wrote his name into the Stamford Bridge history books during his nine-year spell in west London, helping the Blues win nine trophies.
And his exploits with Ghana, for whom he’s made 58 senior appearances and captained on occasion, have added to his global fame.
Essien has now joined a lengthy list of footballers who have had their achievements acknowledged in their homeland.
Shown playing for Chelsea, Essien’s metal body is out of proportion, while his face is far too jagged.
Accra-based journalist Fentuo Tahiru took aim at the statue on Twitter.
“Hello Michael Essien, how about we sue the people who made this?” he wrote.
“Ugliest thing I ever saw. Makes the guy who did that CR7 thingy look like [Leonardo] Da Vinci. I mean HOW?”
Another critic said: “It must be pulled down with immediate effect. Michael Essien himself would be very disappointed.”
“Seems bizarre to make it out of wax in such a warm climate?” said another Twitter user.
Essien is yet to comment on the statue on his personal account but did share a journalist’s message.
it read: “I’m not sure you’re aware of this your huge honour in Kumasi at that popular Boadi Road.
“Yesterday the sculpture opened the fence around it was and I saw kids and adults take turns to take pictures. I was humbled.
“Ghana still loves you. It’s a beautiful gift.”
Essien left Chelsea in 2014 and is currently contracted to Indonesian side Persib Bandung.
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