Cristiano Ronaldo: This isn’t the first time an idol of a soccer superstar has been sharing opinions. This time it’s in India – Henry Club

Unveiled in Goa, the Portuguese star’s statue was commissioned to inspire young people’s love for football, according to a state minister.

“For the love of football and at the request of our youth, we put up a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo in the park to inspire our youth to take football to greater heights.” said Minister of State for Goa Michael Lobo behind the unveiling of the statue.

“It was an honor to inaugurate the garden with open space beautification, landscaping, foundations and walkways,” Lobo said.

While other statues of Ronaldo have drawn comments about his resemblance to the football great, the one in Goa has touched on political sensibility given the state’s colonial past.

Goa, located on the west coast of India, is the smallest state in the country and was shaped indelibly by 450 years of Portuguese rule. However, the state was exempted from that rule in 1961.

“Idoling a Portuguese hero is a bit insensitive,” wrote The teacher on Twitter is Nuzhat Uthmani, who is the trustee of vosdeck, A Scottish non-profit organization that supports educators to empower youth to act as global citizens.
another user questioned Why not celebrate Indian football stars Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia instead.
Bhutia, former captain of the national team — often referred to as David Beckham of India – Became the first Indian player to sign a professional contract in Europe after signing for English club Bury in 1999.
Still playing in the Indian Super League at the age of 37. chhetri The all-time leading men’s international scoring chart among active players is only behind Ronaldo, with 80 goals.

His tally puts him on level with seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Argentina, and fourth in the all-time ranking behind Ronaldo, Iran’s Ali Dei, Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari and Hungary’s Ferenc Puskas.

Ronaldo has the scorer 115 international goals, Put her babysitter’s six clear.
However, others have praised Ronaldo’s statue with a user in Goa Tweet That this “could be a fundamental step for India to reach the World Cup soon”.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter once described Indian football as a “sleeping giant”, although the country has never played a World Cup.
India’s national team by FIFA. was invited to play in950 world cup But in the end failed to make it to Brazil.

According to football historian and statistician Gautam Roy, travel by ship was too expensive and players were unable to meet the mandatory requirement of wearing football shoes, as they usually played barefoot.

Statue of Cristiano Ronaldo at the ceremony at Madeira Airport to rename Cristiano Ronaldo Airport on March 29, 2017 in Santa Cruz, Madeira, Portugal.

an idol saga

In 2017 the newly named Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport – located in the birthplace of the star of Madeira – unveiled a bust In his honor, the latter sent the social media backlash into overdrive.

The tweets compared Visage to former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn and former Liverpool defender John Arne Rhys, although Bust’s producer Emmanuel Santos defended his work, saying that “Even Jesus Didn’t please everyone.”

Four years ago, Ronaldo was awarded a . was immortalized through 10-foot bronze statue He was honored by an ice sculpture in Moscow, outside a museum dedicated to him, and ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
There is another statue of Ronaldo Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.

This bronze figure, created by famous Spanish sculptor Jose Antonio Navarro Artega, usually looks like the former Real Madrid striker, who now plays for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Swati A Gupta contributed to this report.