Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  The statue was revealed earlier this year in Portugal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The statue was revealed earlier this year in Portugal

Bleacher Report commissioned Santos to sculpt a second bust, which he did to greater success.

The original bust had been unveiled at the airport previous year during its renaming ceremony in honor of the island's most famous son.

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". According to Madeira Island News the statue was replaced on the request of Ronaldo's family.

The original bronze statue was made by local artist Emanuel Santos.




The Portugal captain was "celebrated" by a commemorative statue at Madeira airport, which has been renamed in Ronaldo's honour.

On the same day that the Real Madrid forward made headlines with a stunning hat-trick to earn Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup, officials at Madeira Airport installed an updated sculpture in place of one met with widespread ridicule when it debuted past year, reports SkyNews.

"We consider that the bust is more an attraction for our island today and we can not accept in any way its replacement", the petition said.

Ronaldo continues his World Cup campaign with Portugal against Morocco on Wednesday, but will have a more familiar face staring back at him when he arrives on Madeira.

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