Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo helped unveil a new statue in his honour on Wednesday but many people online believe the bronze statue is far from a perfect resemblance.
The statue was unveiled at the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport, formerly known as the Aeroporto da Madeira, in Madeira, Portugal —the Real Madrid star’s hometown.
People on Twitter were quick to point out that the statue lacks the good looks of the former Manchester United forward.
The Cristiano Ronaldo bust at the airport carrying his name. This is Art Attack… pic.twitter.com/tTVmQBMgms
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) March 29, 2017
For a very handsome man, Ronaldo has had some appalling luck with statue-makers pic.twitter.com/M74YEDng4c
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) March 29, 2017
Madeira Airport is now Cristiano Ronaldo Airport & they decided to celebrate with a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that looks nothing like him. pic.twitter.com/MnLXKfecxd
— Coral (@Coral) March 29, 2017
"You got a pic of Ronaldo for this bust?"
"Nah…got 1 of Sloth from Goonies tho?"
"That'll do…" pic.twitter.com/dkBB966Llg
— Dan O'Connell (@danocdj) March 29, 2017
The statue was the subject of plenty of mockery on Twitter while Ronaldo was at the event on Wednesday.
Some users compared Ronaldo’s statue to former Sunderland and Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn.
I honestly cannot get over how much Ronaldo's statue looks like Niall Quinn 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/C84G7CAWIi
— Sway (@Swayam_93) March 29, 2017
Many people online decided to create their own scenarios using the bronze statue.
New horror movie trope: Ronaldo's bronze face. pic.twitter.com/MKrumgHdLv
— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) March 29, 2017
Some of the all-time great Cristiano Ronaldo moments pic.twitter.com/57Tx9VhbUm
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 29, 2017
I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY
— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017
— GunnerDesigns (@GunnerDesigns) March 29, 2017
That new Ronaldo statue is amazing. Incredible likeness. pic.twitter.com/lXLPsfQnvH
— John Sheehan (@johnsportraits) March 29, 2017
Ronaldo was joined by guests, fans and the Portuguese president and prime minister as a plaque in his honour was unveiled above the new statue at the airport.
This is not the first dedication to the Real Madrid forward in statue form.
In December 2014, Ronaldo unveiled a statue of himself at his personal museum in his hometown of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.
The bronze statue of the soccer star stands over 11 feet tall and features his trademark, pre-kick stance while wearing his soccer attire.
Cristiano Ronaldo's statue was unveiled in Madeira today. It's… well, look at it. pic.twitter.com/wABk4gf2hT
— Alexandre Queirós (@alexqueiros) December 21, 2014
“This is a very special moment, to have a statue of me,” Ronaldo said. His family joined him at the unveiling.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 21, 2014