Infamous Cristiano Ronaldo statue replaced at Portugese airport

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The controversial bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at the airport on Madeira which bears his name has been replaced, Portuguese media reported on Monday.

The sculpture of Portugal's superstar went viral past year for being a little off the mark when it was installed at the Madeira International Airport looking nothing like the Real Madrid forward.

Emanuel Santos came to global notoriety when his freakish looking bust of Ronaldo was widely mocked online for its questionable resemblance to the player, after it was placed on display at the airport previous year.

The bust, created by sculptor Emanuel Santos, was greeted by howls of derision in March past year and prompted unflattering comparisons with the likes of Niall Quinn and Art Attack's The Head.

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

Meanwhile, Madeira Island News also quoted Madrid's Airport director Duarte Ferreira who said that the original sculpture has been saved, but no decision has been taken on what to do with it.

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

It was replaced Friday at the request of Ronaldo's family, according to the Diário de Notícias Madeira newspaper.

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