Cristiano Ronaldo pays £20,000 for wax statue of himself
Portugal International Cristiano Ronaldo has spent £20,000 on a wax statue of himself which will be kept in his mansion in Spain reports Herald Sun.
The Real Madrid star who has a similar self-waxwork at the Museum of Wax in the capital city often pays visit to have a look and admire his sculpted self. And now the former Manchester United man has decided to have his own statue for which he hired British wax sculptor Michael Wade to recreate an exact replica of the waxwork at his renowned studio in Bridport, Devon.
Talking to The Sun, Mr Wade said, “We still had the mould that we'd used to sculpt him in 2013, so this copy was a complete duplicate. And Ronaldo sent us a football kit and his latest boots.
“But we left the hair alone, because that's exactly how he wanted it. We put all the hair in, one at a time and then, in Madrid, his hairdresser came along to cut it,” he added.
Statue at the Museum of Wax maintained once every month
The statue represents Ronaldo in his Portugal home kit and was brought in from Heathrow to Madrid in a crate via flight and the head was packed separately. Before getting set up in its place of pride at the 30-year-old’s mansion in West of Madrid, the sculpture will be taken across Europe for a tour for the fans to see it.
Ronaldo’s statue at the Museum of Wax has stood there since 2013 and every once in a month it’s checked up and maintained by his professional beautician whose primary role is to brush the hair on the wax figure.
The museum's communication director Gonzalo Presa spoke to Spanish newspaper Cadena Ser Catalunya, “Cristiano told us to be sure his figure was perfect.”
“He sent his own hairstylist to brush his figure once a month. Cristiano's (the waxwork's) hair is natural. It is not a wig and it comes from India.”
Ronaldo enjoyed a brilliant season on an individual note last term as he finished up as the top-scorer across all competitions in Europe with 61 goals. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has got off to a slow start in the new campaign after he has unusually failed to register his name on the scoring charts.
The Blancos winger also missed out on the UEFA Best Player of the Year award as his adversary, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi upstaged him last season with a treble-winning campaign.