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Experts Warn Michelangelo’s David Could Topple

iStock/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, Italy) -- We thought he was perfect, but turns out Michelangelo’s David statue has an Achilles’ heel just like the rest of us -- or Achilles’ ankles to be precise.

Experts in Italy are warning that the 500-year-old statue might be at risk of toppling because of stress placed on the ankles from his leaning posture, and also because his maker carved him from poor quality marble, Australian ABC News reported.

Though David has battled the elements for centuries, suffered damage during a riot in 1527 and a chipped toe from an Italian painter in 1991, it seems the warrior -- and popular tourist attraction in his native home of Florence, Italy -- could be on his last legs.

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