Amateur Portuguese sculptor Emanuel Santos said that it took him just 15 days to create the statue, as Daily Mail reports.
The forty-year-old also said that the footballer has seen and liked his art work and “only asked for some wrinkles to be changed, that give him a certain expression in his face when he's about to laugh.”
Talking to a Portuguese radio station, he also said the reaction among his friends was rather positive.
“No negative comments have reached me yet. I've got friends on Facebook and the feedback has been positive.
“Of course there's the odd comment from someone saying there's room for improvement here or there. But it's complicated and the end result is never going to please everyone.”
Photos of the bust installed in the airport, which has also been named after the football star, sparked a wave of ridicule among social media users on Wednesday.
Speaking to Brazilian outlet Globo, former airport cleaner Santos stressed that it’s not possible to be always liked by everyone.
“Even Jesus did not please everyone. This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems.”