Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Portugal Names International Airport After Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo now has an international airport named after him.
Ronaldo was joined on Wednesday by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, in his native Madeira Islands for an official ceremony renaming the local airport as Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was born in Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island, and has been honoured after becoming Portugal's most successful footballer.

Politicians on the island decided to change the airport's name after Ronaldo's efforts in Portugal's Euro 2016 success - the country's first major international title.
Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez
The Real Madrid star took the European Championship trophy to the island, where he is already immortalised, earlier this week.

And while honouring the opening of the ‘Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo’, the Portuguese star came face to face with an unusual looking bronze bust of himself at the arrivals terminal.
Statue of Cristiano Ronaldo (Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Many took to Twitter to question the likeness of the statue which has been branded both ‘hilarious’ and ‘horrifying’.

Funchal has a Ronaldo statue and museum, as well as the Pestana CR7 Funchal Hotel, a second of which has since been opened in Lisbon.
Fans wait for Ronaldo at the Madeira international airport (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Fans wait for Ronaldo at the Madeira international airport
 He returned to the airport on Wednesday morning for the official renaming ceremony, where fans came out to get a glance of their hero.

At the ceremony, Ronaldo told the crowds: “Thank you for being here in my honour. Seeing my name being given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my country and especially my home city.

“Thank you very much to the president of the regional government Miguel Albuquerque for having had the courage and the firmness to do it.  
FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL - MARCH 24: Workers began the renaming works of the Madeira International Airport on March 24, 2017 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Local government have decided to rename the island's main airport after the Madeira-born footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.  The official inauguration ceremony is due to take place on 29 March - the day after a friendly between the country's national team and Sweden in the island's capital, Funchal.  (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Ronaldo's picture has gone up next to the airport's name
“My friend, I never asked for this, but I’m not a hypocrite, and I’m happy and honoured. I know some people do not agree and I know some people who are not here would be happy for this moment.

“I will try to dignify Portugal and especially Madeira with a spirit of sacrifice, dignity and passion.”

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