Cristiano Ronaldo bust at Madeira Airport replaced by new statue

The sculpture garnered much attention when it was installed at the airport last year

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

The original bust had been unveiled at the airport a year ago during its renaming ceremony in honor of the island's most famous son.

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's bust at Madeira Airport, which gained worldwide attention previous year has been replaced. 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. 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.

Now, because sports Twitter has quite the sense of humour, there's an online petition making the rounds to bring back the original.

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"The bust is more an attraction for our island today and we cannot accept in any way its replacement", the petition says.

The Portugal captain was "celebrated" by a commemorative statue at Madeira airport, which has been renamed in Ronaldo's honour.

Bleacher Report commissioned Santos to sculpt a second bust, which he did to greater success. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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