Among other football highlights today, a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo has been unveiled in Calangute, Goa to promote football. The local authorities there have erected the statue, weighs around 410kgs, to inspire more youth in taking up the sport.
“This is for the first time that the statue of Cristiano Ronaldo has come up in India. This is nothing but to inspire our youth,” Goa minister Michael Lobo told ANI.
“If you want to take football to another level then this is what young boys and girls will look forward to, taking selfies and looking at the statue and getting inspired to play,” the state minister continued.
A Statue of Cristiano Ronaldo Has Been Unveiled in Calangute, Goa
The Manchester United player is immensely popular in Goa, one of the bastions of Portuguese support in India. Indeed, the state was once a Portuguese colony and it was only on December 19, 1961 that India annexed it.
The statue reportedly cost around Rs 12 lakh and sculptors have built it over a period of three years. Goa would have installed it much earlier, actually, but the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this plan.
However, the statue has garnered the ire of a certain section of the local people. Many people also waved black flags near the site expressing their anger.
“There are so many great footballers from Calangute like Bruno Coutinho and Yolanda D’Souza, who have brought laurels to India by playing football at the international level. Why couldn’t their statues be installed? They are from Calangute. Why [has] the Portuguese footballer’s statue been installed?” asked Calangute constituency forum president Premanand Divkar.