Sports stars — celebrated in statues

Eight Grand Slam winner Fred Perry has a statue in London. During the Wimbledon, tourists across the globe, visit the arena to see the iconic statue. Photo: Getty Images
'The Chinese Wall' of Indian football, Gostha Pal, has a statue in the Kolkata maidan. It is now an iconic landmark in the city. Photo: The Hindu Photo Library
A statue of the five time Ballon d'Or award winner Lionel Messi was unveiled in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2016. Photo: Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark celebration has been immortalised in the form of a statue in the CR7 museum in Funchal, Portugal. Photo: Reuters
In Mumbai, a wax statue was installed in 2009 to honour Sachin Tendulkar's contribution to cricket. Photo: Shashi Ashiwal
The legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele speaks after unveiling his statue during an interactive session with the students in Kolkata in October 2015. Photo: Reuters
Tributes were presented at the statue of famous commentator and former Australian cricketer Richie Benaud after he passed away at the age of 84 in April 2015. Photo: Getty Images
Named after the tennis legend, the Australian Open arena has a statue of Rod Laver. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images