The sculptor responsible for the now infamous Ronaldo statue defended his work

By now you have probably seen it. You know, the Cristiano Ronaldo statue in an airport in Portugal. It's at the Madeira Airport which is being renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, and the piece of art looks nothing like the Portuguese soccer superstar, who guided his nation to Euro 2016 glory last summer. 

It has received its fair share of negative reactions on social media, as you would expect, and the creator has responded to the negativity. First, here's the statue we are talking about.

The sculptor, Emanuel Santos, spoke to Globo and basically said everyone makes mistakes

"It's impossible to please the Greeks and the Trojans. Not even Jesus pleased everyone," he said. "This is a matter of taste. It's not as simple as it seems. I have seen the work of great artists that follow this parameter. What matters is the impact this work generated.

"There is always the possibility of producing something that looks different, I was already prepared for all of that. I used some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet as a base, not one photo specifically. I put the photos by my side and started working on the bust."

Must have been some pictures. Like, it isn't even close. And his excuse, fine, I'll buy some of it. It wasn't going to be perfect, was it?

But the only thing that pops into my head is like when a great chef is telling those under him to not send out a plate of food unless the presentation is perfect, everything is perfect. This was about as far from perfect as you can get.

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