Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the best soccer player in the world. He is beloved all over the planet but no place more than in his home country of Portugal.
So it seemed like a beautiful gesture when authorities in the country decided to rename the Madeira Airport, the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. Imagine how excited the soccer superstar was for the ceremony and the unveiling of a bust that would greet all the visitors to the travel hub. Well, excited until he saw this horrific likeness.
Of course, folks on social media had a field day once photos of the bust began to make its rounds.
Meanwhile, the sculptor is defending his work.
“It’s impossible to please the Greeks and the Trojans. Not even Jesus pleased everyone,” he told Globo Esporte. “This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems. I have seen the work of great artists that follow this parameter. What matters is the impact this work generated.
He added, “There is always the possibility of producing something that looks different, I was already prepared for all of that. I used some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet as a base, not one photo specifically. I put the photos by my side and started working on the bust.”
We ask you: Does that bust look like the man pictured below?
Well, here’s the good news, Cristiano, while your statue is jacked, it’s not even close to some of the bad work that is out there passing as replicas of some famous faces. Here are a few of our favorites.
Look, we get it, they love Barack Obama in Kenya; after all, his father is a native. But these two tributes border on damn near disrespectful. The statue of the former President was erected to celebrate Obama’s visit to the town of Kogelo in 2006. But we aren’t sure why they didn’t tear it down before he arrived years later when he was the Commander in Chief.
We also don’t know how to explain what an American Sculptor did to the former First Lady. It’s called Michelle Obama’s Makeover For America, but can Mrs. Obama get a makeover?
I think T.I. put it best when he saw this statue of Tupac Shakur that is in Stone Mountain, Georgia: “What the f-ck is this. Dis supposed to be Pac.” That’s just a small sample, but you get the gist. T.I. also added that if Tupac were alive, he would tear the damn thing down himself.
Yep, that is supposed to be Michael Jackson; that’s the first problem. The second issue is the statue was erected outside one of the oldest and most beloved soccer stadiums in England. The team’s Chairman at the time, Mohamed Al-Fayed, who is also the owner of Harrods and the father of the man who was killed with Princes Di in that infamous Parisian accident, commissioned this madness. Best part is, it’s made of plaster and resin, not a metal. Two years after it appeared, it was taken down and shipped off to a museum.
If you’re confused about who this statue is supposed to represent, you aren’t alone. This is officially the worst bust ever to commemorate a celebrity. The statue of Lucille Ball was so bad that locals in Celeron, NY started calling it Scary Lucy. It was finally replaced in 2016 by a statue affectionately known as Lovely Lucy.