Cristiano Ronaldo is upstaged by a new statue of himself as the Portugal and Real Madrid forward has Madeira’s airport named in his honour.
FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL (MARCH 29, 2017) (REUTERS) – Madeira renamed its airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday (March 29) but a new bust of one of the best players in the world drew ridicule on social media.
The Atlantic Ocean island is where Ronaldo grew up, and the airport in its capital Funchal will now be known as ‘Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo’.
The ceremony followed Portugal playing its first match on the island for 16 years, the hosts losing 3-2 to Sweden despite an early Ronaldo goal.
Ronaldo, 31, was accompanied to the airport renaming by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and mother Maria, and heads were turned when a statue with a debatable likeness to the Real Madrid frontman was unveiled.
Not everyone on Madeira agrees with the decision to rename the airport after Ronaldo, but his national hero status was confirmed last summer when he lead Portugal to victory in the European Championships.