Weird and wacky sporting statues: Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust not the only questionable one

It all started to go wrong for Fulham in September 2013. A huge statue of Michael Jackson, commissioned two years earlier by the London football club’s owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, was removed from its plinth at the team’s Craven Cottage stadium. Within months, the side were relegated from the English Premier League.

Rather than blame the underperforming players, the Egyptian billionaire linked Fulham’s demise to the statue’s removal by new owner Shahid Khan. The towering totem was transferred to…

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