When a bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled at Madeira Airport in honour of the Real Madrid star a year ago, little did Portuguese sculptor Emanuel Santos know that his effort would make headlines the world over.
Most of you will have heard about it. Plenty of you will have seen it. And almost certainly all of you will have laughed about it.
The curious depiction of Portugal legend Ronaldo was derided across the globe as the smiling statue became an Internet sensation.
However, Santos revealed to Bleacher Report that the initial attention led to some dark days for his family.
Luckily for Santos, Bleacher Report commissioned a second bust for the sculptor to earn redemption – and the result is impressive.
On taking another shot at Ronaldo’s likeness, Santos said: “I’m making the bust again to show people that I’m not what the media made me look like.
“Of course there is fear of people’s reaction when seeing this piece, but… I want my son to understand that if he enjoys doing something very much, [he] doesn’t let himself be defeated with negative criticism.
“Sooner or later, if we believe in ourselves and are persistent, we can succeed in life.
“Even though his father never had a degree, isn’t a teacher or a doctor, [and comes] from a poor family, he was able to make something of himself in this world.”
A year ago today, Emanuel Santos’ Cristiano Ronaldo bust was unveiled. The world laughed at him.
We challenged him to try again. He accepted. pic.twitter.com/TLV1iJv1MN
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 29, 2018
As for the original bust, Santos added: “I liked the result and was really proud of it.
“And if I had to do it again, I would make everything exactly the same.
“If it didn’t end up 100 percent like him, people have to understand that art is a way to express oneself that contains emotions; it’s not a precise science.”