Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was honored with a bust of his face as Madeira renamed its airport after him.


Unfortunately, the statue that was unveiled bears little likeness to Ronaldo himself. The smile is crooked and not proportional to the rest of the head, and appears rather silly. The sculptor, Emanuel Santos, defending his piece by stating it was “not as simple as it seems” to create.

In a bold move, he compared himself to Jesus: “It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone.” Ronaldo, for his part, posted a photo of himself giving a speech at the newly named airport, with the caption, “Happy and honored to have my name given to the Madeira airport!” He conveniently did not mention or show the bust.

Happy and honored to have my name given to the Madeira airport! ✈️?

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“Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him,” Santos said. “I was with his brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw. He only asked for some wrinkles that gave him a certain expression in his face when he’s about to laugh to be changed.”

Regardless of what Santos claims, the Internet has reacted to the terrible likeness of the bust. Memes have been soaring through the Twitterverse.

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