Cristiano Ronaldo sculptor tries to explain how he screwed up so badly

Dan Gartland
Sports Illustrated

We can all agree that the guy who sculpted Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust at the airport newly named for him messed up royally, right? He managed to take the beautiful game’s most beautiful player and turn him into a monster.

The artist, a local sculptor named Emanuel Santos, has spoken up about the much reviled statue, saying, basically, “you can’t win ’em all.”

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“It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone,” he said, according to The Guardian. “This is a matter of taste, so it is not as simple as it seems. What matters is the impact that this work generated. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this. I used as a base some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet, nothing specific. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.”

The result, if you need reminding, was this.

What’s even more puzzling is that Ronaldo consulted with the artist and the finished product is the result of Cristiano’s feedback.

“Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him,” Santos said. “I was with the brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw,” he said. “He only asked for some wrinkles that give him a certain expression in his face when he’s about to laugh to be changed. He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial. But they gave it the go-ahead; they liked what they saw.”

No one else liked what they saw.

This article was originally published on SI.com

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