Infamous Cristiano Ronaldo statue replaced at Portugese airport

Madeira Airport already has a new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo

Ridiculed Ronaldo statue replaced by new model at Madeira Airport

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's bust at Madeira Airport, which gained worldwide attention previous year has been replaced.

Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, left, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, 2nd left and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldostand next to a bust of the player at the Madeira global airport outside Funchal, the capital of Madeira island, Portugal, Wednesday March 29, 2017.

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.

Emanuel Santos was commissioned to produce the second sculpture, despite the issues with his first, and the new figure was finished in March and unveiled on Thursday.

Madeira Airport already has a new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo

However, Madeirans have launched a petition to bring back the original, which was created by local artist Emanuel Santos.

It was replaced Friday at the request of Ronaldo's family, according to the Diário de Notícias Madeira newspaper.

However, Spanish news reports that the old bust was removed last week, the same day that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal in a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup.

Over 500 people have signed an online petition to bring back the old statue because it caused such an global stir when it was first unveiled.

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