Cristiano Ronaldo £12,000 statue sparks protest in India

In spite of having a population of more than 1.3 billion, India was worse at football than many other far smaller countries.
Cristiano Ronaldo £12,000 statue sparks protest in India

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A new statue of Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has sparked controversy in the Indian state of Goa.

Locals in Goa are objecting to a Portuguese footballer being honoured instead of a player from India.

The statue was unveiled in the former Portuguese colony - 5,700 miles away from his homeland.

The tribute in Calangute is said to have cost around £12,000 and weighs a whopping 65 stone, according to The Times of India.

Michael Lobo, a minister in the Goa state government, tweeted that the statue was meant to promote football as a sport and inspire young people to play the game.

Instead, the day after the unveiling of the 400-kilogramme statue, protesters carrying black flags converged on the site to protest, according to Indian news agency IANS on Wednesday.

Lobo also told IANS that the protesters simply hated football.

While cricket remains by far the most popular sport in India overall, in some areas that weren’t colonised by the British, such as Goa, football enjoys more popularity.

In spite of having a population of more than 1.3 billion, India was worse at football than many other far smaller countries.

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