Madeira International Airport has been renamed after local soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday during a ceremony, with family, at the airport outside his Funchal hometown.
Madeira International Airport in Portugal is set to be renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport to honour the Real Madrid footballer for his services to the region. Madeira International Airport has been renamed after.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Madeira homecoming with an early strike but Sweden wrecked the party by hitting back from two down to win 3-2 with a last-gasp own goal in a friendly on Tuesday.
An worldwide soccer superstar, blessed with good looks and a golden foot, Ronaldo indisputably stands as one of the greatest to take the pitch.
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Portugal's president and the prime minister flew to the island and unveiled a commemorative plaque outside the terminal entrance, above a bust of Ronaldo.
"To see this airport bear my name is a very special thing", said Ronaldo, 32, who skippered Portugal to victory in the European championships a year ago. But you wouldn't know it from the monstrous new Ronaldo bust that's been installed in Portugal's Madeira Airport, now called the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. Critics said a more distinguished historical figure would be more appropriate.
Miguel Albuquerque, the president of the regional government in Madeira, said at the ceremony that Ronaldo was "the best known Portuguese in the world and admired across all continents".
It must be humiliating to be Ronaldo, when your only reasons to get out of bed every day are being an elite athlete with once-in-a-generation good looks who has four FIFA Ballons d'Or and just got an airport named after him.