Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

Madeira Airport already has a new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo

Madeira Airport already has a new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo

A widely-mocked bust of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at the airport in his home island of Madeira has been replaced, local media reported on Monday.

According to the Madeira Island News, Ronaldo's family requested the replacement.

Hopefully, in time, fans can see that the new statue is a thousand times better than the original.

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. The original, by local artist Emanuel Santos, was unveiled 16 months ago at a ceremony to rename the airport after one of Madeira's most famous sons, with Ronaldo having been born in the capital Funchal. A spokeswoman for the airport told ESPN that the statue was swapped out on Friday, the same day a Ronaldo's heroic three-goal performance against Spain in Portugal's World Cup opener.

Well now the much loved statue has been replaced with one with a "greater likeness" to the Portuguese footballer but people have called for the airport for bring back the old one.

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

Meanwhile, NAIJ.comhad earlier reported that the Portugal worldwide scored a hat-trick in their 3-3 draw against Spain at the ongoing World Cup.

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