The sculptor behind the bronze bust made in the likeness of Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his work. 

Madeiran artist Emanuel Santos was given the honour of creating the bronze bust, made for the renaming of Madeira Airport as Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. However, the finished piece has drawn plenty of criticism on social media with many commenting that it looks more like Niall Quinn than the Real Madrid star. We collated some of the best reactions to it here

However Santos has insisted that both he and Ronaldo are happy with it. 

"Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him," Santos told

"I was with his brother at Cristiano's museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw."

In fact Santos claimed that Ronaldo only had one piece of feedback for him during the process. 

"He only asked for some wrinkles that gave him a certain expression in his face when he's about to laugh to be changed. He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial. But they gave it the go-ahead and they liked what they saw."

Sounds like Ronaldo alright. When quizzed about the online reaction to the bust, Santos fell back on the age old defence of not being able to please everyone. 

"It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone."

You can't argue too much with that logic.