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Mocked Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Remade By Artist One Year On… And People Love It

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Earlier in March, Artist Emanuel Santos had drawn huge criticism after making a bronze bust of Ronaldo when the airport in the island of Madeira was named after the former Manchester United star.

The original Cristiano Ronaldo bust was heavily ridiucled

Back then, Santos came out in defence of his bronze bust after it went viral on social media just minutes after it was unveiled.

“Not even Jesus pleased everyone,” Santos said at the time.

The statue was ridiculed around the world

Later, Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga, 52, a well known personality in the world of art, made new bust of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner which looked better than the one which can be seen at the Madeira airport.

Arteaga took up the task of making the bust when his young son saw Santos’ work at Madeira airport and told his father he could do better.

The bronze bust made by Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga was praised by all

The bust was officially presented to Madrid’s club museum in early November but Ronaldo could not attend the event as he had to play in the Champions League clash with Tottenham that week.

“I used various photos [of Ronaldo] to work with,” the Seville-based sculptor told El Mundo. “I tried to reflect the interior strength of this personality, when he is about to take a free kick or a corner.”

But now, Santos, who had drawn heavy criticism for his first effort got a second chance to create a new Cristiano Ronaldo bust – and this time around, it looks much better.

The new CR7 bust is better than the old one

Santos, who had never done a bust before the highly ridiculed one was given a second chance by Bleacher Report.

Santos had worked on the original one for two weeks and said Francisco Fernandes, who told him to make the bust was initially happy.

He said: “He was very impressed as he didn’t know who I was and didn’t expect much.”

Emmanuel Santos working on his redesign

Ronaldo had also texted him to convey his approval but later the Portugal skipper pointed out the inaccuracies.

Santos added: “[Ronaldo’s] smile is ripped to the left side.

“I made the wrinkles exactly as they are, but Ronaldo said that they looked a bit too protruding and asked if they could be thinned out.

“As we know, Ronaldo is vain. He likes to be all groomed up!”

But now, CR7 fans have given green light to the new Ronaldo bust, which actually will not replace the old one.

One said: “Second one is much better.”

Another wrote: “That’s mint.”

One user said: “Please don’t challenge him again, he should not be encouraged and should think about another career.”

Another posted: “Maybe he should search for another job.”


Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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