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    Posted February 6, 2013 by
    LONG BRANCH, New Jersey

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    My name is Raquel Rosa and I am a Portuguese professor of the “Escola Lusitania”, a small Portuguese institution located in the city of Long Branch, New Jersey. I am writing you to ask for your collaboration regarding a very important matter to me and my students.
    I recently visited the Madame Tussauds Museum in New York with some of my students and could not help but noticing that while there exist many renowned world figures, one of the most well-known global individuals was not present in any of the exhibits: Cristiano Ronaldo.
    Arguably the world's most talented soccer player at present, Cristiano Ronaldo currently has more than 53 million followers on Facebook. More than Michael Jordan, David Beckham and even Justin Bieber.
    Madame Tussauds has installed a Cristiano Ronaldo figure at its London and Berlin branches. However, I believe that as its most prominent branch in the America's, Madame Tussauds-NYC would benefit greatly from a Cristiano Ronaldo wax figure. Not only do millions of tourists from all over the world travel to Manhattan on a yearly basis, Ronaldo's many fans who are spread out throughout North and South America would appreciate a figure located at a more proximal branch .

    My 8th grade students and I have created a petition on Facebook with the ultimate goal of getting Cristiano Ronaldo to the New York City museum. In the past three weeks we have been able to gain over 4,000 supporters that liked our page and the number increases hourly. The media in Portugal and a few Portuguese newspapers here in the United States have also come across our page and are doing their part to help us spread the word. One of the most popular sports newspapers in Portugal, "O Record" is launching a national campaign dedicated to making our school's dream of seeing a Portuguese soccer player in New York City’s Madame Tussauds a reality. Here in the United States, the Portuguese newspaper “Luso-Americano” has also gotten involved by advertising our Facebook page in their paper.
    Overall, I write you today to ask you, with your enormous reach, will you mention our mission on your network and help make our dream come true? To walk into the New York City Madame Tussauds and see a replica of this person we Portuguese and soccer lovers so greatly admire? I do not think I need to explain to you how much this would mean to not only the Portuguese people here in the United States but to all soccer fans here and all over the world. Not to mention, my 8th grade students here at the "Escola Lusitania”.
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    Thank you so much for your time.
    Raquel Rosa

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