In pictures: Mixed reaction to George Best statue - but where does it rank in football's great sculptures
Have a look at our photo gallery to decide where the George Best statue comes in the good, the bad and the ugly footballing statues
The new George Best statue near Windsor Park has divided opinions, with some fans on social media sticking in the boot.
The sculpture has been likened to anything from a Game of Thrones whitewalker to "Paul Scholes with a 70s haircut," with some critics even commenting it looks more like Pat Jennings, who helped unveil it, than it does Best.
It was created by Tony Currie, from Downpatrick-based Lecale Bronze, and was partially funded by supporters through an online campaign.
BBC presented Joel Taggart pleaded on social media for the statue to be better in real life than it looks in photographs while Q Radio's Stephen Clements admitted to feeling "slightly robbed".
A huge amount of fans on the typically vicious social media joined in, some believing it was an "insult" to Best's memory.
They’d have been better stealing the Mr. Tumnus statue from round Lewis square and pretending that was George Best. Looks more like him than that shambles up at the national stadium pic.twitter.com/l58fpylrpU— . (@Ballybeen72) May 22, 2019
However, the sculptor himself has insisted he is happy with the reaction of anybody who matters to him.
"Anybody that's important to the statue - his family and his fans - they've all agreed that it's his likeness and that's enough for me," he told the BBC.
"Everybody is entitled to their opinion, I grant that, but the people that matter have given it their seal of approval so I'm happy."
He added: "Because he's in an action pose, it's far harder to capture that in bronze. There are all sorts of engineering issues going along with that because he's leaning to one side. It's a difficult trick to pull off."
Also speaking on BBC Talkback, art critic Liz Kennedy defended the sculpture and its likeness to the legendary player.
"I think you have to see it, the pictures don't do it justice," she said. "There's an angle, I think that people will see that likeness, particularly on the right profile.
"It was at first smaller than I expected but that's because it's an action pose. I thought that Tony the artist has actually really captured the right profile. Statues are always going to be a matter of contention.
"The people who have decried it on social media - I wonder how many of them have actually been down (to see it)?"
Other fans were more satisfied, Heather Lown compared the Best effort to Arsenal's statues of two of their most famous sons Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry saying they never get a true likeness in statues.
"It's a wonderful gesture. I like it... let's just embrace it and carry on," she said.
Big trophy, bigger hair.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 11, 2017
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It's not the only statue to receive online abuse in recent years. The most famous of those, of course, is the Cristiano Ronaldo bust that was unveiled at Madeira Airport in 2017 and corrected a year later.
Just months earlier, there was a tribute to Diego Maradona that was the subject of much ridicule and was even likened to Susan Boyle.
Less well known but potentially the strangest of the lot is this statue of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, which was unveiled in Egypt last year. Anybody else see Marv from Home Alone?
Who does Mo Salah's statue ACTUALLY look like? pic.twitter.com/kpivD3xkDD— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) November 6, 2018
Alberto Morales Saravia is another to face the wrath of social media after his statue of Luis Suarez in Uruguay was met with disapproval.
PHOTOS: A statue of Luis Suárez was unveiled in his hometown of Salto, Uruguay on Wednesday [marca, efe] pic.twitter.com/DxU0RqQTxj— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) July 28, 2016
So where does the George Best statue come in the list of the good, the bad and the ugly footballing statues?
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