Chile unveils life-size statue of Alexis Sanchez

SANTIAGO – A life-size statue of Chilean footballer Alexis Sanchez has been erected in his home city of Tocopilla, in northern Chile, depicting his trademark pre-free-kick pose; hands on hips, short leg rolled up.

The Arseanal striker was also there to unveil his statue, created by Marco Vergara.

The Arseanal striker over the weekend discovered a colourful depiction of himself in his national team’s kit on a plinth with replica versions of the Copa America and the Copa America’s golden ball next to him.

Also on show were giant crests of the teams he has represented: Cobreloa, Udinese, Colo-Colo, River Plate, Barcelona and Arsenal.

The ceremony took place just two days after Chile lost to Argentina and Sanchez threw another epic tantrum.

He reportedly left the following message after cutting the ceremonial ribbon: “Never feel sad because someone tells you [that] you can’t do something in your life. If you have a dream you have to protect it.”

Later on, the footballer took to Twitter to thank “all the people who made this recognition possible”.