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But this 3.5-meter sculpture's dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup victor has attracted online ridicule.

"I am not God of football, I am just a simple footballer", Maradona said at a charity function here.

Maradona will perhaps secretly have his fingers crossed that his statue sees the same fate as countryman Lionel Messi.

"Age has caught up with him but he's too good a player".

While his supporters had lined the streets to welcome the 1986 World Cup victor during his first visit to Kolkata in 2008, his postponed visit in December 2017 saw few supporters welcoming him at the airport. "Age has caught up with him now, but even then watching him from close quarters is a treat", Ganguly told reporters after the match.

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary also took part in the match, which also included former medium pacer Shib Shankar Paul.

A poorly-organised show meant that the 57-year-old became exhausted on an unusually sultry December afternoon and left after just kicking off the match and exchanging pleasantries with Ganguly and his team.

He was seen drenched in sweat during the 30-minute workshop, and kicked a few footballs to the stands, where cheering fans waited for him. The 12-foot-high sculpture depicts the legendary Argentina number 10 proudly clutching the World Cup trophy that "La Albiceleste" won in Mexico.


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