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Artist Scores With Do-Over of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Bust

The artist responsible for the ugly ass bust of Cristiano Ronaldo redeemed himself with this year’s attempt of depicting an accurate portrayal of the Portuguese captain.

“Second one is much better,” one Twitter user said, referring to Emanuel Santos’ new sculpture, which was Bleacher Report ‘s idea to release it on Thursday, the anniversary of his disturbing first attempt.

“Two Ronaldo bust’s, same artist [sic],” another tweeted. “Practice makes perfect.”

People complained anyways, saying the new bust still doesn’t look like Ronaldo, but was eons better than his first attempt.

“The new one looks more handsome but less like Ronaldo imo,” tweeted one person.

“You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about,” another joked.

Speaking to Bleacher Report in the days leading up to his do-over, Santos shared on how the ridicule he received last year over the Ronaldo bust had a negative affect on both him and his family.

“It was too sudden,” the 41-year-old said, almost in tears.

“[It’s] hard to talk about…But fortunately, that is over.”

For the new bust, Santos told BR that he wanted to change the way Ronaldo was smiling — thanks to the last bust facing most criticism due to the shape of the Ballon d’Or winner’s mouth.

“The other one was more open, so the cheek was slightly more upwards,” he said. “This one [is] more closed, so it’s natural that the cheek will be more downwards.”

Santos added, “I’ve talked with sculptors and they say that a bust made in a natural state — with a mouth not so open and a bit more serious — falls better in the eyes of the public.”

The Portuguese artist finished his “do-over” piece earlier this month and got to see the finished product on March 17.

“I like it,” he said. “Looks like him — in my opinion.”

Bleacher Report shared footage of Santos seeing the bust for the first time on all of its social media platforms Thursday, exactly one year to the day that his first piece was unveiled during a ceremony honoring the opening of Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport, formerly known as Madeira Airport.

He says,

One day. I want my son to understand that if he enjoys doing something very much, [he] doesn’t let himself be defeated with negative criticism. Sooner or later, if we believe in ourselves and are persistent, we can succeed in life. Even though his father never had a degree, isn’t a teacher or a doctor [and comes] from a poor family, he was able to make something of himself in this world.

Santos adds,

If I hadn’t done [the first one] the way I did, it would’ve already been forgotten a long time ago. 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. And what I’ve learned through all this time is that no matter how few people can see the positive side of the work, they are enough to give us strength.

[via New York Post]

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