Cristiano Ronaldo: Mocked statue at Madeira airport is replaced

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On the left is the original bust by Emanuel Santos and on the right is its replacement

A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that was widely mocked and left football fans scratching their heads has been replaced.

The bronze bust of the Real Madrid and Portugal forward went viral with people questioning its resemblance to the player, after it was placed on display at Madeira airport last year.

Some compared its likeness to former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn, but sculptor Emanuel Santos said his work was just “a matter of taste”.

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

According to Madeira Island News,