'Bust' Of All Jokes: Bizarre Cristiano Ronaldo Statue Mocked On Twitter

A bust of the Real Madrid soccer star was unveiled on Wednesday during a ceremony renaming Portugal's Madeira International Airport to Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo in honor of the islands' local hero.

The Real Madrid maestro was present for the unveiling where Madeira airport was also officially renamed Cristiano Ronaldo airport.

The statue immediately turned heads, including Ronaldo's, as he stood on stage in front of a large crowd.

Ronaldo is expected to attend a ceremony outside the airport on Wednesday, a day after scoring the opening goal in a 3-2 friendly defeat to Sweden at the Estádio dos Barreiros in Funchal, his hometown. The replica outside of the airport is not only kind of creepy, but it also looks nothing like Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world's most recognizable people. In 2014, he got a 10-foot statue set up outside his personal museum, the CR7 Museum, which had opened the year before in Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago.

Portugal's squad landed on Monday at the airport, displaying the trophy it won at the 2016 European Championship in France.

The Real Madrid striker had an global airport renamed in his honour.

The bust's sculptor, Madeira native Emanuel Santos, said it took him 15 days to create the statue.

Ronaldo acknowledged that it was rare for a public figure to be honoured in such a way while still alive, adding that he was aware some people didn't agree with the name change.

However, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the tribute was legitimate because it was decided by an elected government. Belfast airport was named after former Manchester United player George Best in 2006, a year after he died.

  • Julie Sanders