Cristiano Ronaldo statue gets red card

Ronaldo is not the first player player with his name on an airport.

He's so beloved, in fact, that he just got an global airport named after him in his native Madeira Islands in Portugal - plus a bust fashioned in his likeness. " Cried one of our colleagues, discovering the last bronze bust bearing Cristiano Ronaldo's effigy". The replica outside of the airport is not only kind of creepy, but it also looks nothing like Ronaldo.

Many took to Twitter to point out that the bust, is well, a bust.

Ronaldo's honour has been criticised by the Portuguese public, but the 32-year-old insisted it was not an accolade he was expecting. He already has a statue, a museum and a hotel named for him in Madeira.

Funchal on Madeira Islands is the hometown of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo was honored with an ugly bust when the Madeira Islands airport in Portugal was renamed after the soccer superstar.

The four-time Player of the Year has appeared a record 138 times for Portugal and scored a team-high 71 goals. Critics said a more distinguished historical figure would be more appropriate and petitions were started for and against the change.

Ronaldo also attended the ceremony, but did not show any signs of being bothered by the odd look of his newly unveiled bust.

The Portuguese president Rebelo de Sousa was also in attendance Wednesday, praising the Real Madrid striker as "an example of excellence", despite political rumblings it was inappropriate to consign such a distinction to a sportsman. He said he presented the project to local officials when it was about half done and received the go-ahead to continue with his work.

  • Julie Sanders