Madeira’s Funchal airport was renamed in honour of the island’s most famous son, Cristiano Ronaldo, on Wednesday and during the ceremony to mark the occasion a bronze bust of the Real Madrid and Portugal star was unveiled. It did not take long for the social networks to poke fun at the statue, which bears a not entirely flattering appropriation of Ronaldo’s face.
Ronaldo artist: "Cristiano looked at the photos"
On Thursday the artist commissioned to produce the bust, Emanuel Santos, responded to the criticism in an interview with Portuguese daily A Bola: “Cristiano looked at the photos that his brother sent to him. I was with him in Cristiano’s museum and according to the messages between them he was happy with what he saw. He only asked that a few wrinkles, which appear on his face when he laughs, be ironed out. He said that it would make him more handsome and asked that I smooth it out a bit to make him look more jovial. But I went ahead with it because he liked what he saw,” Santos said.
"A sculpture is a sculpture"
Although the artist said he had not seen the response to his work on social media, he added that he understands there are people who did not appreciate his sculpture: “I haven’t had time to sit down and see what has been said. The truth is that in any work there is always criticism. We can’t please everybody all the time. A sculpture is a sculpture and a photocopy is a photocopy. Things are as they are but you have to be able to manage the criticism when it comes.”
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