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Fans criticise George Best sculpture

Pat Jennings unveiled the bronze statue of football legend George Best in Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell 

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.

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?”

CRITICISM: Newly unveiled statue of George Best outside Windsor Park in Belfast PICTURE: Liam McBurney/PA

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