Unveiled in Goa, the Portuguese star’s statue was commissioned to inspire young people’s love for football, according to a state minister.
“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.
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.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter once described Indian football as a “sleeping giant”, although the country has never played a World Cup.
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.
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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.”
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.