You’re no doubt aware that an airport on the very lovely Portuguese island of Madeira has been named after Cristiano Ronaldo – a fitting tribute to the nation’s GOAT footballer, and one that he definitely didn’t hesitate to accept.
It’s an immense honour to bestow upon a player who is still some way off retirement, but few would argue that ol’ Ronnie doesn’t deserve it.
To top off the momentous occasion, the most prestigious Galactico in the game today also had his very own statue unveiled at the ceremony. And, as is something of a tradition with bronze effigies, it’s, well, hmmm.
The plaque paying triple to Cristiano Ronaldo and his copper statue outside the new Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Madeira. pic.twitter.com/zGxUh6XCYW— TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) March 29, 2017
Difficult to know how a presumably very expensive sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo – four-time Ballon d’Or winner, model of physical excellence, essentially a demigod in in his homeland – ended up bearing a closer resemblance to The Head from Art Attack, but here we are. Everyone had something to say about the statue (read our immediate reaction here), and its merciless meme-ification was an inevitability.
Here are some of the best.
That hideous Ronaldo statue is going to be a meme in 5,4,3...— MATEO B. (@Agave310) March 29, 2017
I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017
I honestly cannot get over how much Ronaldo's statue looks like Niall Quinn 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/C84G7CAWIi— Sway (@Swayam_93) March 29, 2017
The Cristiano Ronaldo bust at the airport carrying his name. This is Art Attack... pic.twitter.com/tTVmQBMgms— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) March 29, 2017
That new Ronaldo statue is amazing. Incredible likeness. pic.twitter.com/lXLPsfQnvH— John Sheehan (@johnsportraits) March 29, 2017
The Photoshop crowd quickly realised that botched CR7 head also improved a number of iconic pop culture freezeframes.
IT trailer's gonna give me nightmares pic.twitter.com/MRR2mJNLns— nick (@nick_pants) March 30, 2017
Damn! People are going in with the Ronaldo statue 😂 pic.twitter.com/7LTIynYn1w— Barca World (@FCBarcelonaHome) March 30, 2017
Reddit’s ComputerSpecialist had this: