Amidst reports of Qatar using slave laborers who are dying by the thousands in the construction of World Cup 2022 projects, the Qatar Museum Authority has decided to buy the 16-foot statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi for an undisclosed sum. The massive artistic recreation of the famous moment from the 2006 World Cup final was previously exhibited in Paris last year as "an ode to defeat." Now, it serves as a monument for a World Cup project that marks the defeat of better judgment.
The statue, created by French artist Adel Abdessemed, now stands near a restaurant in Doha. Probably because the real Zidane wouldn't agree to conduct daily reenactments of the headbutt for however much money his bank account can hold.
The QMA's director of public art told the Doha News:
"Yes, we expect a lot of people to want to take photos with it, and of it.
It’s an impressive piece. It’s a huge sculpture, and it’s done in the same style as Greek Mythological statues, but this glorifies human defects instead. It shows that although we sometimes treat footballers like gods, they’re not - they’re just human beings.”
Hopefully Qatar also remembers that the migrant workers who are building their stadiums and infrastructure are human beings too.