A not-so-loved statue of star footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a red card.

The infamous statue which was installed in Ronaldo’s birthplace, Madeira Portugal was mocked for its resemblance to former Sunderland striker Niall Quinn.

Some even argued that it resembled The Head from Art Attack.

The statue has now been replaced by a new model.

The updated sculpture, the one that now looks like the real Ronaldo, was installed on the same day that the Real Madrid forward made headlines with a stunning hat-trick to earn Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup.

*The Updated Sculpture

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Critics on social media said the original looked more like Quinn than Ronaldo, who is as renowned for his well-maintained image as he is for his goal-scoring exploits.

Among the harsher comments were those who compared the bust to The Head from Art Attack - the popular children's television programme.

Local artist Emanuel Santos came to the defence of his creation, which took three weeks to make, claiming that it was "a matter of taste".

But the ridicule has clearly proved too much to bear, with its replacement statue trading a goofy grin for the more po-faced look that Ronaldo is known for, reports Sky News.

According to Madeira Island News, airport director Duarte Ferreira said the change had been requested by family of the striker through the CR7 Museum, which is also on the island.

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