Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

This combination of pictures created on June 18, 2018 shows a new bust representing Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (L) pictured at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport in Funchal, on Madeira island, on June 18, 2018 and the old bust representing Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo pictured at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport in Funchal, on March 29, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 18 June 2018
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Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

LISBON: The controversial bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at the airport on Madeira which bears his name has been replaced, Portuguese media reported on Monday.
“This bust is much better than the other one, that’s what everyone thinks,” Hugo Aveiro, brother of the five-time Ballon d’or, winner, told the Diario de Noticias da Madeira newspaper.
“A Spanish sculptor offered this new bust ... so good that we decided to change it,” he added.
The original was swapped Friday at the request of the Real Madrid superstar’s entourage, according to local media.
The original, by local artist Emanuel Santos, was unveiled 16 months ago at a ceremony to rename the airport after one of Madeira’s most famous sons, CR7 having been born in the capital Funchal.
But it was widely mocked, not least for its grimacing smile.
“The CR7 museum asked us to replace the bust in tribute to the athlete and we felt we ought to change it,” airport director Duarte Ferreira explained.
The Ronaldo museum opened in 2013 and a year later it unveiled a 3.40 meters (10 feet) statue which also caused some mirth owing to its figure-hugging shorts.
While his home island concentrates on his likenesses the real Ronaldo is busy at the World Cup. He notched a hat trick to earn a point against Spain a few hours after the airport bust was exchanged.


Dubai to celebrate Saudi National Day with horse parade, Saudi Cinema

Updated 18 September 2018
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Dubai to celebrate Saudi National Day with horse parade, Saudi Cinema

DUBAI: Dubai will host a grand parade at The Beach to celebrate Saudi National Day, with horses marching along with Saudi national melodies.

The parade which will take place on September 22 to 23, will also have a screening of award-winning short films by Saudi directors at Roxy Cinemas as part of the Saudi Cinema Weekend.

Saudi nationals visiting The Beach will also receive “surprises” at selected venues, event organisers said.