Kicking off the countdown to the World Cup, Madame Tussauds New York today unveiled its wax figure of Cristiano Ronaldo with the help of 50 passionate “CR7” fans from Escola Lusitania, the Portuguese School of the Portuguese Club of Long Branch.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup less than a year away, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, affectionately known as “CR7”, at the famed attraction in New York (234 W. 42nd Street between 7th & 8th Avenues) on June 25.
Among those cheering on the figure unveil in New York were over 50 young students and passionate “CR7” fans from Escola Lusitania, the Portuguese School of the Portuguese Club of Long Branch. Earlier this year, the students started the “Cristiano Ronaldo at Madame Tussauds in NY City” Facebook page to garner support to bring a wax figure of the soccer superstar to the Times Square attraction. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas also joined the New York attraction and unveiled the Ronaldo figure the same day.
“What better way to countdown to the World Cup than to unveil a figure of arguably one of the best soccer players in the world – Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Janine DiGioacchino, Divisional Director, Midway USA. “He is one of the most requested figures and we know our visitors will be excited to interact with his wax figure in our Sports Zone.”
Using hundreds of photos and detailed measurements of Ronaldo, the artists at Madame Tussauds spent about four months creating his wax figures. Every aspect of the figures was meticulously constructed, right down to the placement of each individual strand of hair on the figures’ head.
On the soccer field, the Real Madrid forward and Portuguese national team captain is already a legend, becoming the first player to win all four main Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and Football Writers’ Association (FWA) awards in 2007. Ronaldo also holds numerous former and current scoring records, including records for the most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid, the first top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season in two consecutive years and the fastest Real Madrid player to reach one hundred league goals. In January 2013, he scored his 300th club goal.