Belgian Town Of Tubize Re-Paint Strange ‘Platini’ Statue To Look Like Local Hero Eden Hazard (Photos)

Chris Wright

4th, June 2014

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By Chris Wright

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Tubize, the small town in Belgium where Eden Hazard spent his formative footballing years before leaving for Lille, have unveiled a new statue in tribute to their most famous son.

Standing on a grass verge outside AFC Tubize’s home ground, the huge surrealist statue was originally created in 1986 as a slightly odd and misplaced paean to Michel Platini (see below), but the local government hired artist Roberto Oliveiro to come back and re-spray the bulbous figure to look like Hazard.

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Unfortunately, Hazard himself was unable to attend the grand unveiling but his Mum went along to see what all the fuss was about, telling So Foot:

” Eden was flattered that we have thought of him. Since 2000, we brought him four times a week to train at the stadium in Tubize.

“He knows about the statue and it said it was a fun idea.”

Yep. She looks positively thrilled with it…

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  1. ianhu@cccs.co.uk' Joe says:

    Ha! I love it when the organisers think a tribute is more awseome than the honoured person thinks it is. He (and his mum) are right though, it’s a ‘fun’ idea, but what a shame they’ve defaced someone’s art for the sake of bandwaggoning their little town.
    Reminds me of Tameside’s statue, aiming to take some reflected glory/credit for Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Armfield (didn’t actually play in a World Cup) and even Simone Perrotta(!) the 2006 Italian winner, who lived nearby until he was all of six years old. Shameless.

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