‘Even Jesus Didn’t Please Everyone’ – Sculptor in Bizarre Defence of Ronaldo’s Bust
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo made the headlines this week after the Madeira airport was named after him, particularly as the bust unveiled in his honour became an internet sensation following its dodgy look.
While many condemned the bust, Ronaldo seemed happy with it, posing for photographs as he was honoured by the island on which he grew up.
But the creator of the artwork, Emanuel Santos, has risen in its defence, saying he couldn’t care much with the opinion of others as the Portugal captain gave his approval before the grand reveal, Goal writes.
“Even Jesus did not please everyone. This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems,” Santos said in an interview with Portuguese website Globo Sports.
“I used photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I searched on the internet as a base. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.
“What matters is the impact that this work generates. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this.
“Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him. I was with the brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw.”
Earlier, Ronaldo spoke of his delight at seeing his achievements recognised in his native Portugal.
“Seeing my name being given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my country and especially my home city,” he said.
“Thank you very much to the president of the regional government Miguel Albuquerque for having had the courage and the firmness to do it.”
Portugal President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, also welcomed the tribute, saying Ronaldo was “an example of excellence [that] projects Madeira and Portugal across the world far more than anybody else.”
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