One of the most hilarious moments of 2017 came when a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled that many believed couldn’t look any less like him.
With two different sized eyes, facial features too small for the size of the head and a wonky smile, social media ran riot when the bust was unveiled. But it didn’t help when Ronaldo himself was caught laughing at it.
The bronze head was made to commemorate the Madeira Airport in Funchal, where the four-time Ballon d’Or winner grew up, took Ronaldo’s name in his honour. There was quite a ceremony for the occasion, with the Portugal president and the prime minister flying to the airport specifically for the event.
But when the cloth was pulled off of the bust, Manchester United hero Ronaldo couldn’t help but crack up. The Portugal international then was visibly trying to hide his disgruntlement at the obscure replica of his face, looking a mixture of embarrassed and furious.
But Emanuel Santos, the sculptor behind the disasterpiece defender the bust, claimed that Ronaldo himself approved of it before the art was shared with the public. Speaking of the negative media reaction, he said: “It was impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Nor did Jesus please everyone.
“What matters is the impact that this work generated. There is always the possibility of making a difference. I was prepared for all this.
“Cristiano saw the photos [of the bust] that his brother sent him… He only asked for some wrinkles that give him a certain expression in his face when he's about to laugh to be changed.
"He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial. But they gave it the go-ahead and they liked what they saw."
The bust is iconic in the footballing community nowadays, but the original bust has since been removed. There is now a more basic bust of CR7 in the Madeira Airport, though Ronaldo has not revealed which one he prefers.
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