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Ronaldo sculptor defends mocked statue

A bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo, unveiled at Madeira Airport on Wednesday, has been widely mocked. Credit: PA

The sculptor behind the controversial Cristiano Ronaldo statue has defended his work and insisted the Real Madrid forward is happy with the final product.

Madeiran artist Emanuel Santos was tasked with creating the image of Ronaldo and spent three weeks on the project.

Pictures of the bust were shared widely on social media, with some critics suggesting it bore more of a resemblance to former Arsenal and Manchester City forward Niall Quinn or The Head from BBC television programme 'Art Attack' than Ronaldo.

Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him. I was with his brother at Cristiano's museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw.

He only asked for some wrinkles that gave 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 and they liked what they saw.

It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone.

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.

– Emanuel Santos to Globo.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo set to sign new Real Madrid deal

Cristiano Ronaldo is staying at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a new five-year contract with Real Madrid which could see him end his career with the Spanish giants.

Real have announced that Ronaldo will formally sign a deal running until June 30, 2021 - by which time he will have turned 36 - at an event alongside club president Florentino Perez on Monday.

"The official event for the renewal of Cristiano Ronaldo's contract will take place tomorrow, Monday 7 November at 1:30pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium," the statement read.

"The Portuguese forward will extend his contract until 30 June 2021 at the event attended by club president Florentino Perez and the player himself." News of Ronaldo's contract comes just a week after Real announced a new six-year deal for Gareth Bale.

It has been reported that Ronaldo's new deal will ensure he remains Real's highest-paid player.

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