Cristiano Ronaldo's New Bust at Real Madrid Actually Looks Like Him

Spanish sculptor Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga has been praised for his efforts in producing the tribute to Ronaldo, who has scored more goals than any other player in Real Madrid history.

Ronaldo turns 33 in February, and age may be beginning to catch up with the Portuguese forward given his slump in goals this season—Saturday's strike in the 3-2 win over Malaga was only his second in the league this season.

But Ronaldo has now been immortalized in the Real museum with a bust worthy of his contribution to the team.

"I used various photos [of Ronaldo] to work with," the Seville-based sculptor told El Mundo. "I tried to reflect the interior strength of this personality, when he is about to take a free kick or a corner."

A previous attempt, by Emanuel Santos, was unveiled in March at Madeira airport, the Portuguese island on which Ronaldo was raised. The event was attended by the president and prime minister of Portugal.

Ronaldo wrote on Twitter: "Happy and honored to have my name given to the Madeira airport!"

The bust was not mentioned by Ronaldo and became a figure of ridicule, something Santos had to defend. "Not even Jesus pleased everyone," he said at the time.

At the same time as Ronaldo's slump in goals, Real Madrid has seen its form dip in Spain, falling eight points behind league leader Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane's team is fourth in La Liga, with Atletico Madrid ahead on goal difference and Valencia sitting second, four points behind Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona.

In Europe, however, Real and Ronaldo continue to thrive. Zidane's team, which has won the competition the past two years, is already through to the knockout stages. Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur currently holds top spot in Group H, though, with Real needing a win against Borussia Dortmund on December 6 if it wants to advance as group winners.

Ronaldo has retained his prolific record in Europe with eight goals in five games this season. Zidane will need his star man to prevent the whole team from going bust this year.

Cristiano Ronaldo Bust
Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira's airport in Funchal, Madeira, March 29. A previous attempt at creating a bust of Ronaldo was unveiled in March at Madeira Airport. FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty