Cristiano Ronaldo bust at Madeira Airport replaced by new statue

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Madeira Island News reports that the change came about after Ronaldo's family requested that it be replaced.

The original statue was revealed in March previous year at a ceremony to name Madeira's airport after Ronaldo, who is a local hero on the island for what is seen as his rags-to-riches success.

Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport now sees the new sculpture take pride of place at the entrance of the terminal.

However, fans on Twitter were quick to tear apart the likeness, comparing it with F1 driver David Coulthard, the head from British television show Art Attack and even former Sunderland striker Niall Quinn.

The petition has already been signed by over 300 people.

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It's unclear who created this latest version, but it wasn't Emanuel Santos - the artist responsible for the infamous first rendition.

The bust, created by sculptor Emanuel Santos, was greeted by howls of derision in March a year ago and prompted unflattering comparisons with the likes of Niall Quinn and Art Attack's The Head.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored three gorgeous goals in Portugal's World Cup opener against Spain on Friday, and while things ended in a 3-3 draw on the pitch, the superstar enjoyed a small victory back home thanks to a bronze makeover.

Ronaldo was born on the autonomous Portuguese territory, before moving to Lisbon to join Sporting aged 12.

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