Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has a new bust at the Bernabeu stadium museum, which represents him better than his likeness at Madeira airport which became an online viral sensation.
The new sculpture is the work of Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga, 52, a more well-known figure in the art world than the author of the first bust Emanuel Santos. The impetus for the new bust reportedly came when Arteaga's young son saw Santos' effort at Madeira airport and told his father he could do better.
Navarro Arteaga's new bust is of bronze, almost 90 cm in height, weighs 60 kilos and reportedly cost less than €50,000. It was officially presented to Madrid's club museum in early November with the club's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno present, although Ronaldo himself could not attend as he had a Champions League game at Tottenham that week.
"I used various photos [of Ronaldo] to work with," the Seville-based sculptor told El Mundo. "I tried to reflect the interior strength of this personality, when he is about to take a free kick or a corner."
Santos had to defend his bust after it became a viral online sensation shortly after it was unveiled. "Not even Jesus pleased everyone," Ronaldo's fellow Madeira native said at the time.
Madeira's capital Funchal also has a 3.4-metre-high (11 feet) bronze statue of its favourite son on the seafront outside the building housing the Cristiano Ronaldo museum.