Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Cristiano Ronaldo bust at Madeira Airport replaced by new statue

Cristiano Ronaldo bust at Madeira Airport replaced by new statue

After an unveiling ceremony 16 months ago, the statue was mocked around the world for its odd smile and lack of resemblance to the five-time Ballon d'or victor.

According to Madeira Island News the statue was replaced on the request of Ronaldo's family.

As Ronaldo was performing his hat-trick heroics in rescuing Portugal in their opening World Cup game in Sochi on Friday, the bust was swapped with something a bit closer to the intended target.

"He (Santos) did the job, he was paid for it, and as a Spanish sculptor offered this new bust that was well done, we chose to swap them".

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And now, the airport has replaced his original effort with a bust that boasts a greater likeness to Ronaldo.

Since his first attempt, Santos was commissioned by Bleacher Report to try again, providing a far more successful attempt.

While his home island concentrates on his likenesses the real Ronaldo is busy at the World Cup.

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