Twitter Reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo's Statue Unveiling at Madeira Airport

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2017

TOPSHOT - Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo stands past a bust presented during a ceremony where Madeira's airport in Funchal is to be renamed after Cristiano Ronaldo, on Madeira island, on March 29, 2017.
Madeira airport, the birthplace of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, was renamed today in honor of the quadruple Ballon d'or and captain of the Portuguese team sacred European champion last summer. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG        (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

A bust of Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed as "questionable" and "horrifying" after it was unveiled at the Aeroporto da Madeira.

Per The Telegraph's Sean Gibson, the airport has been renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport to honour the island's most famous citizen, but the new statue unveiled to mark the occasion bears little resemblance to the four-time Ballon d'Or winner:

B/R Football @brfootball

Which one is Cristiano? https://t.co/SNrSUn0c7K

Reaction to the bust has been mixed. The Football Ramble echoed the thoughts of many:

The Football Ramble @FootballRamble

New horror movie trope: Ronaldo's bronze face. https://t.co/MKrumgHdLv

Meanwhile, BBC Sport's Dan Walker felt there may have been some confusion over the subject of the sculpture:

Dan Walker @mrdanwalker

When you send the statue guy a picture of Niall Quinn instead of Cristiano Ronaldo #Awkward 😂 https://t.co/0VR8qPskVF

Agence France-Presse's Tom Williams was reminded of another suspect statue of the former Manchester United star, which stands outside his personal museum:

Tom Williams @tomwfootball

For a very handsome man, Ronaldo has had some appalling luck with statue-makers https://t.co/M74YEDng4c

Betting company Coral eschewed the opportunity to joke at Ronaldo's expense and simply stated the obvious:

Coral @Coral

Madeira Airport is now Cristiano Ronaldo Airport & they decided to celebrate with a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that looks nothing like him. https://t.co/MnLXKfecxd

Bleacher Report UK got in on the fun:

B/R Football @brfootball

Some of the all-time great Cristiano Ronaldo moments https://t.co/57Tx9VhbUm

Simon Peach of the Press Association thought the bust looked quite familiar:

Simon Peach @SimonPeach

The Cristiano Ronaldo bust at the airport carrying his name. This is Art Attack... https://t.co/tTVmQBMgms

The comparisons didn't end there, per Dan O'Connell of Radio X:

Dan O'Connell @danocdj

"You got a pic of Ronaldo for this bust?" "Nah...got 1 of Sloth from Goonies tho?" "That'll do..." https://t.co/dkBB966Llg

Per football writer Richard Gibson, though, the star himself seemed to take it in good spirit:

Richard Gibson @richardgibsonDM

At least Ronaldo sees the funny side after a statue of Wor Jackie is unveiled at the airport named after him. #ronaldo #nufc https://t.co/PpgsLgDTyY

Ronaldo will likely return to action with Real against Alaves in La Liga on Sunday after scoring against both Sweden and Hungary for Portugal during the international break.