Rooney, Ozil, Pele... Hughes: Football's worst waxworks

Everybody knows there's nothing in the world more terrifying than a human face sculpted in malleable plastic - but when said face is a half-arsed representation of a footballer, we can at least have a good old laugh (and make obvious jokes about which is more mobile or has more charisma).

There have been waxworks of some of the Premier League's biggest stars. And Mark Hughes.

There have, of course, also been waxworks of England's greatest stars. After all, what better tribute than having your likeness gawped at by tourists?

That's not to say waxwork are the reserve of those who have been a huge success at international level - the 'Golden Generation' have their fair share too.

It's not just an English phenomenon, they're at it all over Europe - from Spain to Germany and back to Spain again.

If you thought waxworks of footballers would be a modern happening, think again. They go back at least as far as the 1920s...

Dixie Dean. We can't even begin to explain what's going on in the background

Stanley Matthews (r) watches as Pele (l) catches sight of his house burning down

Who could forget the famous image of Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup? Oh, right...

The fickle nature of waxy fame. George Best and Nobby Stiles both got the chop from Madame Tussaud's in the 70s

Fortunately, Bestie's now back in one piece at The National Wax Museum in Dublin