Cristiano Ronaldo has had a life-size chocolate statue created by a sculptor in Portugal, who spent 200 hours creating the sweet tooth’a replica of the Juventus star.
It was created by chocolatier Jorge Cardoso, who made the 120kg, 1.87m tall sculpture in his spare time at a factory in Givisiez, Switzerland.
The chocolate statue was modelled on Ronaldo’s involvement in the 2016 European Championships, where Portugal beat hosts France to win the competition.
As well as creating Ronaldo, Cardoso also designed the Portugal kit which was worn during Euro 2016, adding small features like shin pads, Nike ticks and badges from UEFA.
“After all these years of experiments, I wanted to try again and make a larger, more realistic sculpture,” Cardoso said about the sculpture, quoted by Portugal Resident.
“This sculpture was made in my own free time. It is a personal project that I really wanted to pursue. I studied everything in detail to make it look as realistic as possible.
“Apart from being Portuguese, I am a fan. He is where he is thanks to his hard work, effort and dedication.”
Ronaldo can be an acquired taste at the best of times and now even more so, although there’s little doubt Cardoso’s effort was significantly better than that of Ricardo Velosa, who infamously sculpted Ronaldo’s head.
The Juventus striker even flew to attend the unveiling of Velosa’s bronze statue, which was unsurprisingly mocked worldwide.
Attention was only drawn to the new chocolate statue after it was completed, so Ronaldo hasn’t been pictured with his coco-flavoured self, but the Portal international is rarely one to pass up a publicity stunt when the opportunity presents itself.
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