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groin injury Infamous Cristiano Ronaldo statue 'worn away' in crotch area due to fans rubbing it

It is apparently good luck to rub Cristiano's crotch, which is having a detrimental effect on the bronze sculpture

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The statue of Ronaldo in Madeira

The statue of Ronaldo in Madeira

The statue of Ronaldo in Madeira

A statue of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Madeira, the island off the coast of Portugal he grew up on, has become worn away in a rather uncomfortable area.

The bronze statue which was unveiled back in 2019 at the luxurious Pestana CR7 hotel named after the Manchester United player and former Real Madrid and Juventus star in the capital city of Funchal.

The groin area, which features prominently on the sculpture of the record-breaking forward, has "worn away" according to locals, from tourists and thrill seekers rubbing it and grabbing it.

It has apparently become a custom, and good luck, to touch the area, where the patina of the statue has worn away from visitors taking selfies and getting their picture taken with their hand on the spot.

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Tourists love to pose for pics with the statue, which has rubbed away at the groin

Tourists love to pose for pics with the statue, which has rubbed away at the groin

Tourists love to pose for pics with the statue, which has rubbed away at the groin

As the statue is made of bronze, oil from human skin makes the area appear more shiny.

The statue weighs 800 kilos and is two metres tall.

Ronaldo didn't play in Manchester United's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of arch rivals Manchester City at the weekend, leading to speculation he has taken the huff with embattled United coach Ralf Rangnick.

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