Art imitates life. Or perhaps it doesn’t.
For such a towering figure in the history of the world game, the slightly unflattering image of Cristiano Ronaldo in his home city of Funchal is hardly statuesque, looking more like Hot Shot Hamish than football’s hottest forward.
There has been widespread guffawing over the statue of CR7 unveiled in Madeira. Having decided to rebrand the local airport ‘Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo’ after Portugal's most visible sporting son, wannabe art critics commenting on the bust took off long before Ronaldo left on his private jet.
The image has been compared to Niall Quinn, Sloth from The Goonies and the time Lionel Richie came across himself in the video for Hello.
Yet perhaps the cartoonish depiction, is also apt because his career is pure comic book fiction for kids and big kids.
Forget Roy Race, Ron of the Rovers sounds more believable.
Amid the hilarity, there is a more serious point to be addressed: if Ronaldo is deemed worthy of a statue in Madeira, the second to be built in those parts, why haven’t Real Madrid erected a statue to arguably the club’s greatest player?
Roy Keane’s comments when Manchester United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid for a world record £80m in 2009 are remarkably true in 2017.
People talk about Ronaldo going for £80 million - I look at other players and think Ronaldo's cheap for £80 million. He's the best player in the world. Footballers are classed as entertainers and if you look at any industry the top people get the top money.
Even at the age of 32, a statue would be a fitting testament to the creativity Ronaldo has undertaken for the club. His body of work is already unsurpassed, perhaps rivalled only by Lionel Messi's contribution to Barcelona.
Ronaldo’s goal in Portugal’s 3-2 defeat to Sweden in midweek was his 71st goal in international football, helping him move into the all-time top 10 list. Only Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis on 75 and Ferenc Puskas with 84 are ahead of him in Europe.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Ron of the Rovers: Why Real Madrid statue to living legend is long overdue