Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has a new statue - and this time it looks vaguely like him

The new statue seen alongside the previous one. Which is better? We can't decide

The new statue seen alongside the previous one. Which is better? We can't decide

Monday, November 27, 2017

You know the old saying: If at first you don't succeed, hire someone competent.

Eight months after a Portuguese sculptor unveiled a truly shocking bust of Cristiano Ronaldo on his home island of Madeira, someone else has had another go... and this time done a half-decent job.

Spanish sculptor Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga unveiled the bust of Ronaldo for the Real Madrid museum. The new work is 90cm tall, weighs 60kg and is made of bronze. Apparently Arteaga, who specialises in religious iconography, was persuaded to undertake the work by his son, a huge fan of Ronaldo who was horrified by the Madeira debacle.

Sadly Ronaldo himself couldn't make it for the unveiling, but Real legend Emilio Butragueno, who is now a director of the club, was on hand to oversee proceedings.

The new work appears to have been well-received. Spanish nwspaper El Mundo writes "finally the footballer has a sculpture that doesn't make him look ridiculous."

Certainly the Madrid statue has attracted far less attention than the Madeira version, which was the subject of all manner of memes and jokes when the world found out about it.

But frankly we reckon Arteaga's effort seems rather boring and predictable next to its Portuguese counterpart, which was a real flight of the imagination on the sculptor's behalf. Anyway, you can decide for yourselves.

Given he now has statues in Spain and Portugal, perhaps it's time that Ronaldo, who starred for Manchester United for six years before moving to Madrid, had one at Old Trafford as well. We reckon plenty of United fans would be happy with that.