Fans criticise George Best sculpture
THERE has been criticism of the George Best sculpture unveiled yesterday in Belfast with fans claiming it looks nothing like the footballer.
The Manchester United and Northern Ireland star has been immortalised in bronze outside Windsor Park, but it has drawn a mixed response.
The statue, which captures Best dribbling with the ball, was created by Belfast sculptor Tony Currie from the art group Lecale Bronze.
Many took to social media to mock the sculpture, which was unveiled by Pat Jennings and Gerry Armstrong on what would have been Best’s 73rd birthday.
@dcolgan1 @irish_news @BelTel @belfastcc— Dom107 (@dcolgan1) May 23, 2019
Has mankind lost the ability to put an accurate face on a statue ? Judging by the tribute to George Best I notice that apart from being barely recognisable he seems to have a parting in his hair which I can't remember El Beatle having !
One man wrote: “They should have tried to make it look like him. Would have been better”, while another added: “The sculptor who made the George Best statue which is now at Windsor Park Belfast, has never seen George or even a photo of him”.
Another social media user compared the sculpture to the infamous statue of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in Madeira, which also received numerous negative reviews.
“Did they use the same guy who done (sic) the Ronaldo statue?”