The Madeira airport in Portugal has been renamed to the honour of the world renounced football star, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos.
Located in Santa Cruz with 2 runways, Ronaldo’s hometown airport that was previously called Madeira Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto da Madeira), is now known as Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira Airport.
During the honorary ceremony, a bronze statue of Ronaldo was unveiled which sparked a lot of criticism for not looking so much like the Madrid forward.
To make the occasion grander, the president and prime minister of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa flew to the island to join the unveiling of the commemorative plaque outside the terminal entrance.
President Sousa considers Ronaldo as “an example of excellence [that] projects Madeira and Portugal across the world far more than anybody else.”
The 32-year old is clearly adored in Madeira, where he is considered a local hero and the ultimate rags-to-riches success.
The region has already named a museum and a hotel after their favourite son as well as constructing a statue of him, which rather begs the question, how lung until they name the whole island after him?
Ronaldo has taken to his social media page to express his gratitude with a caption:
“Happy and honored to have my name given to the Madeira airport!”
Among his many sports achievement, the four-times Ballon d’Or winner and world’s highest paid athlete 2016 has invested his millions into other business ventures such as: Hospitality, fitness, fashion, technology and he even have a museum where his famous sports awards are displayed for public viewing.
Cristiano recently posted a photo of his later ambassadorship with a new smartphone about to be launch early next month and here’s what he wrote:
“Just finished shooting with @nubiasmartphone very impressed by the dual camera! Looking forward to the product launch on April 6th.”