The bronze has been buffed on the shorts of the figure, which has proved a big draw in the Portuguese star’s home town of Funchal, Madeira.
The statue was unveiled in 2014 with fans remarking on the ‘figure-hugging’ clothes on the representation of the footballing great.
Since then, a steady stream of people have come to view the 800kg sculpture. But while one might expect the star’s famous feet to show signs of wear, it is another part of the anatomy that seems to be receiving all the attention.
Photos reveal how people seem to have been keen to rub the groin area on the 11ft statue, which was created by Madeiran artist Ricardo Veloza.
Juventus forward Ronaldo, 33, has scored 85 goals in 154 appearances for Portugal and is considered one of the greatest players of all time with a record-equalling five Ballon d’Or awards.
According to Madeira Islands Guide, his imposing statue is located by the pier entrance of the city of Funchal – a transit point for thousands of tourists coming from cruises.