- Cristiano Ronaldo's sculpted bust has been criticised by fans for not resembling the Real Madrid star
- Emmanuel Santos says it took him just 15 days to complete the bronze sculpture of the 32-year-old
- The bust was unveiled at Wednesday's renaming of the Madiera airport to the Cristiano Ronaldo airport
A sculpted bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was revealed Wednesday's renaming of the Madiera airport to the Cristiano Ronaldo airport but it was trolled for its weird look.
The sculptor Emmanuel Santos, 40, says Ronaldo personally told him he likes it.
NAIJ.com understands that Santos was forced to work with only pictures as it was difficult to guy a very busy Ronaldo to model for him.
The Madeira native said it took he only took 15 days to complete the statue after proposing the idea to airport bosses when he found about the renaming plans.
Speaking to Brazilian outlet Globo, he said: “It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Even Jesus did not please everyone. This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems. I have seen works by great artists that follow this parameter.=
“What matters is the impact that this work generates. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this.
“I used photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I searched on the internet as a base. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.”
The former airport cleaner is self-taught in the act of sculpting and has only done it full-time for only the past two years.
Insisting Dolores and Cristiano’s brother Hugo said the statute could go ahead after being shown the work before it was unveiled, he told Portuguese media: “Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him.
Ever since it was unveiled the bust has been trolled on social media;