Signed footballs, historic shirts, hands-on football challenges: these are the kinds of things you'd expect to find in a football museum right? Well you'd be right, the National Football Museum in Manchester in Northern England is home to all these things. But there are some far more unusual things besides in its vast collection! Here's a few of our favourite football oddities:
1. A statue of Michael Jackson
This statue was once famously on display outside Fulham FC (the then owner Mohammed Al Fayed erected it in honour of his friend, Michael Jackson). It was removed in 2013, and in 2014 Fulham were relegated after 13 years in the league. Al Fayed blamed this on the statue's removal!
2. A religious painting
You'll also find a rather grand painting of (and owned by) Eric Cantona, painted in the renaissance style, featuring him as Christ surrounded by his disciples. Alex Ferguson is Caesar, and he's being crowned by Manchester United defender John Curtis. At the base, a young David Beckham lounges against a pillar with Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt. It was painted by a fan of Manchester United who spotted Eric Cantona in a bar.
3. George Best's Mini
4. A home-made cardboard crown
5. A war diary about football
6. And finally... Robbie Savage's ponytail
And yes, slightly gross: ex-footballer Robbie Savage cut off his ponytail and donated it to the National Football Museum.
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