After creating a statue which may haunt football lovers dreams for decades to come, Madeiran sculptor Emanuel Santos, who created the Cristiano Ronaldo monstrosity, has confessed that it is impossible to please everyone.
Of course, many will ask if his supposed 'work of art' actually pleased anyone after social media took over and delivered never-ending negative verdicts towards the statue which was unveiled in Funchal.
The Real Madrid striker has been honoured with the airport in the Portuguese city being named after him, the place where he once worked, but the bronze prize the Ballon d'Or winner received was fairly ghastly.
Some pointed out that it was a closer resemblance to Sky Sports commentator Niall Quinn than the Euro 2016 winner, but Santos insisted he was happy with his creation.
“It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone,” Santos said, as per Guardian.
“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. I used as base some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet, nothing specific. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.”
Ronaldo saw the funny side at the unveiling but Santos remained adamant that the goal scoring machine had given his seal of approval.
“Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him. I was with the brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw,” he said.
“He only asked for some wrinkles that give 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 before they liked what they saw.”