Hey, remember that bronze Cristiano Ronaldo bust that we all had a good laugh about last year?
Well, it’s gone now. The airport bearing the Portuguese soccer star’s name in his native Madeira replaced the bust with one worthy of People magazine’s sexiest soccer player alive on Friday, the same day he netted a hat trick in his country’s 3-3 draw with Spain in their World Cup opener.
Madeira Airport has new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/Q1woRYFXv1
— Madeira Islands (@Madeira) June 17, 2018
I don’t know about you, but I kind of liked the old one better. It had more character:
I defy you not to feel better after viewing this picture of Cristiano Ronaldo alongside his portrait bust. pic.twitter.com/kBCc7RtoUC
— Tom Sutcliffe (@tds153) March 29, 2017
And a lot of Madeirans agree, since Sports Illustrated uncovered a petition with more than six hundred signatures demanding the old bust back. Petitioners defended original sculptor Emanuel Santos, a Madeira native who said “not even Jesus pleased everyone” in response to criticism of his work, and argued that the worldwide attention paid to the old bust made it a tourist attraction.
Of course, that attention wasn’t always great:
I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY
— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017
Bleacher Report commissioned Santos to sculpt a second bust, which he did to greater success. However, that sculpture is not the one now located at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport.
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