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 By Chris Wright

Cristiano Ronaldo face-to-face with peculiar statue of Real star's head

Cristiano Ronaldo was present on Wednesday as the Portuguese island of Madeira paid tribute to their most famous son.

As part of the celebrations, the airport was renamed in Ronaldo's honour as the Madeira International Airport officially became "Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo". Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was also on hand to unveil a brand new bronze bust of Ronaldo that will stand on a plinth outside the airport.

As you can see, the likeness is absolutely uncanny.

A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo's head was unveiled on Wednesday.
The tribute marked the renaming of Madeira airport to Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the controversial bust by Emanuel Santos.
Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his new statue.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cristiano doesn't look to be overly impressed by the tribute on offer and quite honestly who could blame him?

That "thing" is absolutely and unequivocally dreadful in almost every manner conceivable.

Still, Ronaldo wasn't too put off, saying at the unveiling: "Thank you for being here in my honour. Seeing my name being given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my country and especially my home city.

"Thank you very much to the president of the regional government Miguel Albuquerque for having had the courage and the firmness to do it.

"I will try to dignify Portugal and especially Madeira with a spirit of sacrifice, dignity and passion."

And, lest we forget, this is not the first statue in Ronaldo's honour to be unveiled on his home island...

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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