Update: Portugal Airport Unveils Hideous Cristiano Ronaldo Statue, Twitter Reacts and Sculptor Responds

“Not even Jesus pleased everyone.”

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UPDATE: Globo Esporte caught up with the sculptor, Emanuel Santos, to ask him about his creation and the world’s reaction, here’s what he had to say:

It’s impossible to please the Greeks and the Trojans. Not even Jesus pleased everyone. This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems. I have seen the work of great artists that follow this parameter. What matters is the impact this work generated.

There is always the possibility of producing something that looks different, I was already prepared for all of that. I used some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet as a base, not one photo specifically. I put the photos by my side and started working on the bust.

3.29.17: A bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was revealed today at the renaming of Madeira Airport — now the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport — on an island off of Portugal’s coast, and it is already being denounced as “bizarre,” “dodgy,” “horrifying” and everything else it shouldn’t be described as by major media outlets. It’s true however: the statue looks less like the handsome Madeira native and more like Cristiano’s once conjoined twin that has spent the last 32 years living in his parent’s attic.

Although the Real Madrid star has had nothing but kind words to say of his latest tribute, the Twittersphere has some different thoughts. Enjoy.

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