‘SNL’ Roasted This Horrifying Bronze Statue of Beautiful Cristiano Ronaldo

Hunky soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s beautiful face was recently honored with a bronze bust — and “Saturday Night Live” gave its stunning design an uproarious review.

Last night on the NBC sketch comedy series, Kate McKinnon played the part of Cecilia Gimenez and defended artist Emanuel Santos’ polarizing sculpture of Ronaldo, which was unveiled on March 29 at Madeira’s airport in Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal.

SNL saturday night live Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust statue Emanuel Santos sculptor Kate McKinnon Kate McKinnon, as Cecilia Gimenez, mocks Cristiano Ronaldo’s bronze bust sculpture by artist Emanuel Santos on “Saturday Night Live.” Courtesy of NBC.

SNL saturday night live Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust statue Emanuel Santos sculptor Kate McKinnon A bronze statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was mocked on “Saturday Night Live.” REX Shutterstock.

But its resemblance to the Portuguese heartthrob can be hard for some observers to distinguish.

“People are going to love it… It’s like they put Cristiano Ronaldo’s face in a Snapchat filter where all the features are twisted and sucked into the nose,” McKinnon said with unhinged gusto. “He’s the spitting image of Ronaldo, that’s why so many people have spit on it.”

Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust statue Emanuel Santos sculptor The bust of Nike-sponsored soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled at Madeira’s airport in Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal. The Madeira International Airport was officially named Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in his honor on March 29. REX Shutterstock.

Of course, McKinnon’s review as Gimenez makes perfect sense. In 2012, Gimenez became an Internet sensation after she botched a good-faith attempt at restoring the 1930 fresco Ecce Homo, a historic artwork that depicted Jesus crowned with thorns, but was inadvertently destroyed when she attempted to add colors that were lost over the years. Her edit of the work was condemned by traditionalists, but celebrated by irreverent netizens.

Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust statue Emanuel Santos sculptor The bust of Nike-sponsored soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled at Madeira’s airport in Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal. The Madeira International Airport was officially named Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in his honor on March 29. REX Shutterstock.

McKinnon continued, “This is a perfect image of Ronaldo playing football. See how the artist captured the image when a soccer ball hit his face.” She added that it resembled “a face of a man who pet a bunny so much it died.”

More quips poked fun at the bizarre composition of his visage. Ronaldo has modeled for Armani in the past.

SNL saturday night live Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust statue Emanuel Santos sculptor Kate McKinnon Kate McKinnon, as Cecilia Gimenez, mocks Cristiano Ronaldo’s bronze bust sculpture by artist Emanuel Santos on “Saturday Night Live.” Courtesy of NBC.

“Look at his eyes — they love each other; they want to be together,” she said. “It’s a smile that says, ‘I’ve got a fish in my mouth, and I’m trying to keep it in there.'”

McKinnon explained that his neck resembled female genitalia “to show that soccer is not just for boys… It’s a beautiful detail.”

SNL saturday night live Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust statue Emanuel Santos sculptor Kate McKinnon Kate McKinnon, as Cecilia Gimenez, mocks Cristiano Ronaldo’s bronze bust sculpture by artist Emanuel Santos on “Saturday Night Live.” Courtesy of NBC.

Ronaldo’s own reaction to the statue spoke volumes when he attended its unveiling last month with his son and girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez. The sports star was photographed laughing, as well as posing with fans who snapped pictures with the bust.

Speaking to The Guardian last month, the bust’s creator, Emanuel Santos, defended the work and said he only had 15 days to complete it. “It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone,” Santos explained.

The Nike-sponsored athlete’s new Mercurial cleats will drop on Monday.

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