Emanuel Santos, the sculptor who created the Cristiano Ronaldo statue, has revealed today that Ronaldo “liked what he saw”. The statue was unveiled yesterday in Madeira and has gotten tons of negative feedback from the rest of the world since.
The Madeiran artist reportedly spent up to three weeks sculpting the artwork. Speaking to Globo.com, he said, “[Ronaldo] only asked for some wrinkles that gave him a certain expression in his face when he’s about to laugh to be changed.” Santos also added, “He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial. But they [Ronaldo and his brother] gave it the go-ahead.”
The statue was created to honor Ronaldo, who is the nation’s record goalscorer. However, it has become a laughing stock due to its very little resemblance with the Portuguese superstar. When asked about the negative reactions, the artist 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.” He also admitted he knew about the criticisms that would come his way even before taking the job, saying, “It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone.”
After leading the nation to its first ever major international title in Euro 2016, Ronaldo has been honored with all sorts of tributes. Other than the statue, the airport in his home town of Funchal, Madeira has also been renamed to Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo.