Madeira Airport already has a new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo

The Cristiano Ronaldo statue at Madeira Airport in Portugal has been replaced

Santos later had a second attempt to silence his critics with a second sculpture of Ronaldo, commissioned by the website Bleacher Report.

The original - commissioned by a Madeira airport named after the forward now leading the Portuguese national team in the World Cup - was a statue worthy of a red card, with thousands of people around the world ridiculing it on social media after its March 2017 unveiling.

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

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. The new bust installed bear much more resemblance to the 33-year-old superstar.

The airport has replaced his original effort with a bust that boasts a greater likeness to Ronaldo.

And a lot of Madeirans agree, since Sports Illustrated uncovered a petition with more than six hundred signatures demanding the old bust back. The switch took place on the same day as Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain in their World Cup opening fixture - a game that saw Ronaldo score a hat-trick.

Ronaldo was born on the autonomous Portuguese territory, before moving to Lisbon to join Sporting aged 12.



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