Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cristiano Ronaldo statue: Madeira airport changes infamous bust

Cristiano Ronaldo statue: Madeira airport changes infamous bust

The infamous bust of Cristiano Ronaldo has been replaced with one that actually looks like the soccer superstar.

Emanuel Santos was commissioned to produce the second sculpture, despite the issues with his first, and the new figure was finished in March and unveiled on Thursday.

The previous statue was mocked on social media after it was unveiled at the airport a year ago, with many questioning its resemblance to the footballer.

Former Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton quipped it looked more like retired Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn, while others likened the work Jim Carrey's The Mask, the head from Art Attack and Roger Klotz from cartoon series Doug.

But now the bronze statue has been replaced with a new, improved version at the behest of Ronaldo's family.

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The Portugal captain was "celebrated" by a commemorative statue at Madeira airport, which has been renamed in Ronaldo's honour.

The petition has so far been signed by more than 600 people.

On the same day that the Real Madrid forward made headlines with a stunning hat-trick to earn Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup, officials at Madeira Airport installed an updated sculpture in place of one met with widespread ridicule when it debuted previous year, reports SkyNews.

Ronaldo was born and raised on Madeira.

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