A controversy has erupted in the Indian state of Goa over the installation of a statue of world-famous Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the World News Agency, a statue of the famous footballer Ronaldo was erected in the Indian state of Goa, but locals protested, waving black flags and paying tribute to the star player of the former colonial power Portugal. Declared insensitive.
The protesters also said that Indian athletes have also shown outstanding performance in various sports. Therefore, ignoring the Indian players, Ronaldo was chosen who belongs to the country from which the state of Goa gained independence in 1961.
Former Indian cricketer Mickey Fernandez from Goa also said that it was painful to install a statue of Ronaldo and said that there is no denying the greatness of Ronaldo but there should be a statue of a footballer from Goa.
On the other hand, Michael Lobo, local minister of the ruling BJP, said that the purpose of erecting the statue of Ronaldo was to encourage the youth to make a name for themselves in the world.
It should be noted that despite the partition of India in 1947, the state of Goa was under the military dictatorship of Portugal and in 1961, after a two-day war, Goa gained independence from Portugal.