A new mural celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo’s triumphant Man United return appears by Old Trafford… but fans hilariously compare it to EastEnders’ Pat Butcher and THAT disastrous former statue in Lisbon
- Cristiano Ronaldo mural has been seen outside The Trafford pub in Manchester
- The Sir Matt Busby Way spot, near the old ground, will see fans stop for pictures
- However, the design has been drawing criticism for missing the mark somewhat
- A bust of him was mocked in 2017 and the new one has seen a similar reaction
A new mural painted to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming at Manchester United has been savaged, with the superstar’s likeness even compared to an infamous soap character by social media users.
The design has been created outside The Trafford pub in the city centre, a popular pre-match spot for supporters before they head across to United’s ground – meaning it has already received attention, both good and bad.
Indeed, Ronaldo’s drawing looks like Pat Butcher from EastEnders, fans have claimed, although it is only ‘missing the earrings’.
A mural of Cristiano Ronaldo near Old Trafford has received mixed reviews from supporters
‘Is it me or does that “Ronaldo” mural look more like Pat Butcher?’ one user asked on Twitter. ‘Just missing the earrings.’
They are far from the only person to have made the connection, and photos of the painstaking bust of Ronaldo’s face from 2017 have also begun to circulate, too.
The bust in question, which was sculpted with the veteran’s face appearing bizarrely crooked, has even been superimposed over the new mural in a comical swap.
The statue, at unveiled at a Lisbon airport, caused hysteria around the world before it was eventually replaced with an improved piece. Ronaldo himself was reported to have been angered by the initial representation of the bust.
On the pitch, however, Ronaldo has certainly been impressing since making his emotional return.
The Portuguese superstar has already racked up four goals in three matches since returning to the fold.
The five-time UEFA Champions League winner scored on his return to European competition with United, netting the opener against Swiss side Young Boys in Bern.
As well as ranking first in goals scored for United (3), he also tops the charts for expected goals (3.24 xG).