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Another Twitter user deemed the statue "the most gloriously very bad bust" of Ronaldo.

Portugal football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has fired back at critics, revealing that he never asked to for Madeira airport to be named after him.

Funchal has a Ronaldo statue and museum, as well as the Pestana CR7 Funchal Hotel, a second of which has since been opened in Lisbon.

Madeira has renamed itself "Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo" after the Portugal attacker enjoyed the best year of his professional career in 2016 that culminated in winning the European Championships in Paris.

Cristiano Ronaldo had an global airport renamed in his honour on Wednesday but it was a newly unveiled bust of him that soon became a major talking point.

Ronaldo attended the event but after taking one look at his apparent likeness, he may be forgiven for questioning whether the sculptor had, in fact, scored an embarrassing own goal.

We'll get to the bust in a minute.

Ronaldo, who has 71 worldwide goals from 138 appearances for Portugal, is an avid promoter of Madeira which is said to have increased tourism to the area.

Part of the festivities included a bust of Ronaldo's head, arguably one of the more pristine craniums in the world. Ronaldo will play in his hometown of Funchal Tuesday when Portugal faces Sweden in a friendly soccer match.

"It's always a great honor to work on project like that", Santos told local television channel RTP.

"Thank you for being here in my honour".

The bust features the Real Madrid star's trademark grin, but apart from that it bears little resemblance to the former Manchester United player. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

  • Julie Sanders