Juventus plan to place Cristiano Ronaldo statues around Turin so fans can take selfies with £99m arrival

As the Italian city goes Cristiano crazy, the club hope to make tourist attractions out of a series of Ronaldo statues around the city – but they may want to avoid mistakes of the recent past


Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk

JUVENTUS are set to unveil a set of Cristiano Ronaldo statues around Turin – as the city goes crazy for the new headline signing.

The club hope that it will help fans connect with the Portuguese superstar, who is set to complete a £99million transfer to Juve, earning himself £500,000 a week.

Juventus plan to place Cristiano Ronaldo statues around Turin so fans can take selfies with £99m arrival
Cristiano Ronaldo has been having his medical at Juventus as the club look to make the most of their big unveiling

The former Real Madrid ace's 'Ronaldo 7' shirts have been selling like hotcakes and even Juve have been stunned at the popularity of the former Manchester United man – and the economic kick-back.

And they are hoping to trump the infamous sculptures of the Portuguese unveiled on his home island of Madeira, with the first one showing the forward standing in his pre-free kick pose.

But the second, a bust on show at Madeira Airport, which was re-named after him, was panned on social media.

The bizarre work of art showed the 33-year-old's well-proportioned face almost comically off kilter and with a bizarre grin – before it was eventually replaced.

Juventus plan to place Cristiano Ronaldo statues around Turin so fans can take selfies with £99m arrival
Cristiano Ronaldo's first statue was unveiled on Madeira where the star grew up - but it was later vandalised

Juventus plan to place Cristiano Ronaldo statues around Turin so fans can take selfies with £99m arrival
The infamous bust at Madeira Airport was widely mocked around Europe before it was later replaced

Juventus' marketing team hope the statues dotted around the city will be good for tourism in the city as they bid to turn it into a footballing Disneyland.

Casts have been made of the statues and they should be unveiled during the autumn.

But no doubt they will become targets for the Old Lady's cross-town rivals Torino, with Juventus becoming magnets for envy within their home country, following their SEVEN consecutive Scudetto victories.

Ronaldo has been undergoing a medical at the Allianz Stadium, greeting fans and signing autographs ahead of his big unveiling.



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