The unbalanced eyes that sit on the staggered bronze cheeks is a sight sure to haunt your dreams.
The sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo has by now made the viral rounds after it was unveiled at a ceremony for the star footballer a year ago. Coming off a Portugal championship in the 2016 UEFA Euro and a Champions League title with Real Madrid, the event turned quickly into a meme and ruined Emmanuel Santos’ sculpting career before it even began.
Bleacher Report published a 10-minute video Thursday telling the story of Portuguese airport worker and sculptor Santos, who was roundly mocked for the effort on his first ever attempt at a bust that was supposed to pay homage to his countryman and the legendary Real Madrid striker.
We gave the man behind the infamous Ronaldo bust a shot at redemption, one year after the world mocked him pic.twitter.com/AkdMH4CbSc
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 29, 2018
Santos said he went into a deep depression after seemingly everyone in the world let his or her opinion be known that they thought his original bust was a hideous monstrosity.
In the video, Santos goes on to say that he was happy with his work of art but that after Ronaldo’s brother showed it to the football star, the notoriously vain Real Madrid man requested that Santos take away the wrinkles that were carved out around his eyes. Even still, the Ronaldo brothers approved the sculptor before it was shown to the public.
“He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial,” Santos said. “But they gave it the go-ahead before they liked what they saw.”
The rest was history as the bust was put in front of the airport in Madeira, Portugal named after Ronaldo in March of 2017.
Social media users have widely agreed Thursday that Santos’ second attempt (above) is much better than the first try that Santos said took him just two weeks.