Emanuel Santos, the sculptor of the creepy Cristiano Ronaldo bust that blessed the airport in Madeira, Portugal, has tried again. In a documentary directed by Kelly Naqui and published by Bleacher Report, Santos describes what it was like to be mocked by the entire world (he said it was hard, both he and his wife cried during the interviews) and why he stood by his original artistic decisions.
“The first Ronaldo bust, if I hadn’t done it the way I did, it would’ve already been forgotten a long time ago,” he said. “So, sometimes it’s necessary to have a certain bravery to go against the usual and have an impact. Because even though there are people who mock and make negative comments, there are still many people who value it.”
Still, he did a re-do bust and it does look more like Ronaldo.