Cristiano Ronaldo’s mocked sculpture at Madeira Airport, Portugal, has reportedly been replaced.
The sculpture of the Portuguese forward gained worldwide attention when it was installed last year at now Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport.
However, some critics suggested the image bore more resemblance of former Arsenal and Manchester City player, Niall Quinn, or the head of BBC television programme ‘Art Attack’.
Madeiran artist, Emanuel Santos, spent three weeks creating Ronaldo’s image, which was unveiled when the airport was renamed after the Madrid striker in March 2017.
When the image was ridiculed during last year’s unveiling, Santos had said: “This is a matter of taste, so it is not as simple as it seems. What matters is the impact that this work generated.”
A new sculpture, that appeared to present a greater likeness of Ronaldo was pictured in the Spanish and Portuguese media.
Unnamed airport spokeswoman, confirmed Spanish news reports that the old bust had been removed.
She said the image was replaced last Friday, the same day that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal in a 3-3 encounter against Spain at the 2018 World Cup.
However, a petition has reportedly been launched online to put the previous version back in place.
The petition, which is on peticaopublica.com, is titled “Petition for the immediate return of Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust to Madeira airport”, and “an attraction for our island.”
The petioners say its substitute was unacceptable.
Ronaldo was born and raised in Madeira, Portugal.