was a surprise for me. I’m used to creating busts, I’ve created busts of politicians and other personalities, but never of a football player. It was a challenge.”
Despite the initial criticism, Ronaldo himself was gracious about the bust, saying “I’m happy. It’s an honor to have a bust of me. It’s a good job, I liked it.”
However, it seems the authorities in Madeira were less impressed, as the statue was removed and replaced with a new and improved version in 2018.
But despite the airport bust debacle, Ronaldo’s status as a national hero in Portugal and a global football superstar remains unchallenged.
From his humble beginnings in Funchal to his current status as one of the most recognizable and successful athletes in the world, Ronaldo has undoubtedly left his mark on the game of football and on the hearts of fans worldwide.
His dedication to the sport, his impressive list of achievements, and his philanthropic endeavors have earned him respect and admiration both on and off the pitch.
And the statue in his hometown serves as a fitting tribute to his talent and legacy, as well as a testament to the pride and affection felt by the people of Madeira for their most famous son.