Cristiano Ronaldo was honored with an ugly bust when the Madeira Islands airport in Portugal was renamed after the soccer superstar.
Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, left, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, 2nd left and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo stand next to a bust of the player at the Madeira worldwide airport outside Funchal, the capital of Madeira island, Portugal, Wednesday March 29, 2017. The player said he was "happy and honoured" to have given his name to the airport.
Dozens of guests and hundreds of fans were at the unveiling of the bust in Ronaldo's native Madeira Islands.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world's most recognizable people.
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The 32-year-old Ronaldo is a local hero in Madeira, where he is seen as a rags-to-riches success.
Another statue, also in Ronaldo's hometown, was picked apart for what some saw as glaring obscurities and differences in likeness between the player and his bronzed counter-part. "I still haven't had the chance to personally talk to (Ronaldo), but I'll try to reach out to him to know his feedback".
The four-time player of the year has made a record 138 national team appearances for Portugal and is the team's top scorer with 71 goals.
"He is the best-known Portuguese person and admired on all continents by all generations", he said, adding that despite his fame, he never turned his back on the region or his country and always helped those who most needed it.
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The player's bronze bust, which was unveiled to much fanfare by Portugal's president and prime minister on the island of Madeira, hardly does the handsome footballer justice. Petitions were started for and against the change.
However, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the tribute was legitimate because it was decided by an elected government.
That may be true, but sadly for Ronaldo his big day was hijacked by the a bust which likely to haunt him for years to come.
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