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Manchester United star Denis Law has statue unveiled at Aberdeen Sports Village

Denis Law and statue
Image caption The Aberdeen-born former Manchester United star said he was emotional

A life-size bronze statue of Scottish football legend Denis Law has been unveiled at Aberdeen Sports Village.

The Aberdeen-born former Manchester United star said it was an emotional moment as he revealed the statue.

It was inspired by him scoring for Scotland in a famous 3-2 victory against then world champion England in 1967 at Wembley.

He said: "My family and I are delighted with the sculpture - it looks fantastic."

The football legend added: "Despite having lived outside Aberdeen for most of my life I still have a strong connection to the city and am honoured to have a statue commemorated to me in my home town."

Denis Law Legacy Trust member Graham Thom said: "Denis is such an admired figure in Aberdeen.

"The 1967 goal represents such a positive time in Scottish footballing history and was an obvious choice as a moment to be captured forever.

"The Trust was set up not only to erect a permanent statue of Aberdeen's most famous sportsman, but to support the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, as a long-term benefit to the people of Aberdeen."

In 2010, Denis Law was guest of honour at an event to mark the official opening of the £28m Aberdeen Sports Village.

He hailed it as a world class facility to inspire a new generation of sporting stars.

He said at the time: "I only wish that I'd had the benefit of such fantastic sporting facilities on my doorstep during my childhood days in Aberdeen."

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