Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo sure has a nice face, but you wouldn’t figure that from the bust that was made in his honour earlier this year.
Created by artist Emmanuel Santos, the errant bust was unveiled in the Madeira Islands, Portugal back in March, and bears Ronaldo’s name as the country is his birthplace.
Quickly becoming a source of ridicule and plenty of Photoshop, at least now Ronaldo can finally confide in a bust that actually looks like him.
This one was unveiled Saturday at the museum in Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s home stadium, and it’s much, much, much better.
The much-improved sculpture was created by renowned artist Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga. It’s made of bronze, weighs 60 kilograms (132 lbs) and is 90 centimeters (35 in) in height.
According to El Mundo, the work took two weeks of “intense work,” and Arteaga was compelled by his son to create a sculpture more faithful to how the soccer star actually looks.
The sculptor said he used several photos of the player to create the work, and wanted to reflect the “inner strength” of Ronaldo. The difference is certainly stark.
Ronaldo couldn’t be at the unveiling of the sculpture in person, but we’re sure he’d approve.