The sculptor responsible for the universally ridiculed statue of Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his work.
The sculpture of Ronaldo’s head was unveiled at Medeira Airport, which has been renamed “Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo” in the player’s honour.
The decision was taken by a local governor after Ronaldo led Portugal to the Euro 2016 crown.
Happy and honored to have my name given to the Madeira airport! ✈️👍 pic.twitter.com/6SxibYtxje
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 29, 2017
But the statue received widespread mockery on social media.
Still, Emanuel Santos stood by his work.
“It’s impossible to please the Greeks and the Trojans. Not even Jesus pleased everyone,” he told Globo Esporte.
“This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems. I have seen the work of great artists that follow this parameter. What matters is the impact this work generated.
“There is always the possibility of producing something that looks different, I was already prepared for all of that.
“I used some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet as a base, not one photo specifically. I put the photos by my side and started working on the bust.”