Infamous Cristiano Ronaldo bust gets much-needed makeover

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Titled "Petition for the immediate return of Cristiano Ronaldo's bust to Madeira airport" on peticaopublica.com, its creator says the original bust was "an attraction for our island".

The sculpture of the Portugal and Real Madrid forward gained worldwide attention when it was installed past year at the airport, which is also known as Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport.

The previous statue was mocked on social media after it was unveiled at the airport a year ago, with many questioning its resemblance to the footballer.

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Santos later had a second attempt to silence his critics with a second sculpture of Ronaldo, commissioned by the website Bleacher Report.

And a lot of Madeirans agree, since Sports Illustrated uncovered a petition with more than six hundred signatures demanding the old bust back.

The switch happened on Friday - the same day that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal against Spain in their World Cup Group B opener.

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"This bust is much better than the other one, that's what everyone thinks", Hugo Aveiro, brother of the five-time Ballon d'or, winner, told the Diario de Noticias da Madeira newspaper.

According to Madeira Island News, Ronaldo's family made the request for the replacement through the CR7 Museum, which is based on the Portuguese island.

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