Diego Maradona unveils giant statue of himself in India

Ruben Ruiz
December 14, 2017

It's good to see Diego Maradona has not lost that joy and vigour in retirement with which he played his entire career.

Maradona will take on cricket icon Sourav Ganguly in an exhibition match titled "Diego vs Dada" in Barasat, about 35 kilometres from the city.

Maradona, 57, also turned attention as he crooned the famous Mexican song Bésame Mucho, alongside Kerala singer Charles Antony, who has the incredible talent of singing in at least 20 different languages of the world.

The Argentinean football legend was present in India to unveil the 12-foot statue erected in his honour.

Maradona was in Kolkata for a charity event, nine years after making his first appearance in the capital of India's West Bengal state and three months after he was due to visit again.

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"I am not god of football but a simple footballer", Maradona said after the reveal.

I consider myself a connoisseur of bad statues, and this one is really something special. "I am glad to be in Kolkata for the second time".

"Thank you very much everybody for coming here".

A year ago a bust of Cristiano Ronaldo (below) was similarly ridiculed, while Ireland has not escaped lightly in the past either. "It's wonderful to have my statue here". Some called it "dodgy", while others said it looked more like Mrs Brown, Susan Boyle and even a young Roy Hodgson.

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