Madeira has renamed its airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo. The island in the Atlantic Ocean is where Ronaldo grew up. The airport in the 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 lost 3-2 to Sweden despite an early Ronaldo goal.
Is everyone happy with the decision?
No. Not everyone on Madeira agrees with the idea to rename the airport after Ronaldo.
However, his status as national hero was confirmed last Summer when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.
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.
What about the statue?
31-year-old Ronaldo was accompanied to the airport by his girlfriend and mother.
There were raised eyebrows when a statue bearing a debatable likeness to the Real Madrid frontman was unveiled.
Madeira airporthas been renamedafterCristiano Ronaldo! pic.twitter.com/V0CkhE4DLa— World Football News (@ItsFootball247) 29 mars 2017