Alan Shearer joked that the people of Newcastle have made a statue for Mo Farah after he celebrated a hat-trick of Great North Run wins.

Farah won for the third consecutive time on the famous half marathon and in his final strides he mimed kicking a ball, and he copied the former Newcastle United number 9′s trademark goal celebration.

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A statue to the Premier League’s record scorer will be unveiled outside St James’s Park on Monday, and Shearer joked on Twitter that the covered-up sculpture was actually for the double Olympic gold winner.

Love it @Mo_Farah! Apparently they've already built a statue of you to commemorate your hat-trick! 🏃 #GreatNorthRun

— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 11, 2016

After the race Farah said: “That celebration was for Shearer, I think he is a legend.

“I thought for the amount of people who come out here and give me the support, let’s give them something back. Even though I’m a massive Arsenal fan, there was a load of Geordies here.

“He’s one of the greatest players ever.”

Mo completed the race with his wife Tania.

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