However, with just a few weeks of the year left, another brilliantly dodgy likeness has been added to the pantheon after a sculptural tribute to the great Diego Maradona was unveiled in Kolkata, India, on Monday.
Diego Maradona is in India & a statue of him was unveiled at a charity event in Kolkata.— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) December 11, 2017
Good to see the chap that did the Ronaldo one is still in business pic.twitter.com/p5IDzgfExw
The 12-foot statue is supposed to depict the young Maradona hoisting the 1986 World Cup aloft, though why the artist chose to make the trophy so large and El Diego look like his own grandmother is open to debate.
Still, the man himself appeared to be genuinely appreciative after travelling to India to witness the artwork being unveiled in person.
"I am not god of football but a simple footballer," the 57-year-old told the gathered crowd via an interpreter. "I'm happy to be here in Kolkata again. It's amazing to have my statue here."