Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust at Madeira Airport, which gained worldwide attention last year has been replaced. The bust was created by a sculptor Emanuel Santos when the airport was renamed in Ronaldo’s honour in 2017. However, as soon as the bust was unveiled it went viral on social media and faced widespread ridicule and criticism as it hardly resembled the dashing personality of the football superstar. The new bust installed bear much more resemblance to the 33-year-old superstar. According to Madeira Island News the statue was replaced on the request of Ronaldo’s family.
Ronaldo’s brother Hugo Aveiro confirms the bust at Madeira Airport was replaced after family request. The original sculptor Emanuel Santos wasn’t even notified about the switch. “If he was taken by surprise, it’s not my problem”, Hugo said pic.twitter.com/xZRmcUIdWx
— Marcus Alves (@alves_marcus) 18 June 2018
The previous had faced a lot of flak on social media where people compared it to F1 driver David Coulthard, the head from British television show Art Attack and even former Sunderland striker Niall Quinn.
I honestly cannot get over how much Ronaldo’s statue looks like Niall Quinn 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/C84G7CAWIi
— Sway (@Swayam_93) 29 March 2017
— Franklin (@FranklinGGMU) 30 March 2017
I don’t know what you’re talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY
— keewa (@keewa) 29 March 2017
Meanwhile, Madeira Island News also quoted Madrid’s Airport director Duarte Ferreira who said that the original sculpture has been saved, but no decision has been taken on what to do with it. However, Twitterati has come up with a quirky answer- bring it back.