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Cristiano Ronaldo statue causes controversy in India

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A new statue of footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sparked controversy in the Indian state of Goa, with locals objecting to a Portuguese footballer being honoured instead of a player from India. Michael Lobo, a minister in the Goa state government, tweeted that the statue had been supposed to promote football as a sport and inspire young people to play the game. Instead, the day after the unveiling of the 400-kilogram statue, protesters carrying black flags converged on the site to protest, according to Indian news agency IANS on Wednesday. Not only were the protesters angry at the de…

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