Ridiculed Ronaldo Statue Replaced bBy New Model at Madeira Airport

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The statue was revealed earlier this year in Portugal

Titled "Petition for the immediate return of Cristiano Ronaldo's bust to Madeira airport" on peticaopublica.com, its creator says the original bust was "an attraction for our island".

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.

Pictures of the original bust shared on social media were quick to point out that the statue did not look like the Portugal and Real Madrid forward.

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I don't know about you, but I kind of liked the old one better.

Ronaldo, who is now on worldwide duty with Portugal at the World Cup in Russian Federation - netted a sublime hat-trick against Spain on Friday evening to give his side an opening 3-3 draw with Fernando Hierro's side.

Well now the much loved statue has been replaced with one with a "greater likeness" to the Portuguese footballer but people have called for the airport for bring back the old one.

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"The bust is more an attraction for our island today and we cannot accept in any way its replacement", the petition says.

Santos later had a second attempt to silence his critics with a second sculpture of Ronaldo, commissioned by news media website, Bleacher Report.

Soon the monument was replaced, and the new set when Ronaldo scored three goals against Spain at the world Cup in 2018.

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According to the Madeira Island News, Ronaldo's family requested the replacement.

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