We thought that artists would have learned from the “Scary Lucy” fiasco of 2009, but here we are just 8 years later with a new unsettling bust to look at. The soccer legend has become a household name across the world, but this statue of Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot of people scratching their heads in confusion.
At the renaming ceremony of a Portuguese airport, this bust was revealed for the world to see. His hometown wanted to honor him by renaming their airport the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport. The bust was similar to his likeness…but the internet ran with it and didn’t want to stop!They began altering the soccer superstar’s actual face with photo manipulating programs to show that the statue “looks pretty good.”The statue’s sculptor, Emanuel Santos, defends his word saying that it is impossible to please everyone and that his art is a matter of taste. Ronaldo had seen the sculpture beforehand, and his only request was to change a few smile lines that were altering the statue’s expression.
Other artists admit that sculpting is a very difficult skill to master, and while the sculpture isn’t a perfect likeness, it is instantly recognizable. What do you think of this bust of the famous soccer star?