As if the money, the looks, fame and talent were not enough, Cristiano Ronaldo now has an airport named after him, as well as a bust sculpture of himself.
Eight months after the four-time world player of the year held the Euro 2016 trophy aloft after Portugal’s 1-0 win over France in Paris, the Aeroporto da Madeira in Funcal is now renamed the “Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport.”
The Real Madrid star is said to have been born in Madeira.
Social media has been abuzz with the news since it broke and the star is quite pleased about it.
The artist behind the creation of the bust, Emmanuel Santos, welcomed the stir his piece has caused.
“Even Jesus did not please everyone,” Santos told Portuguese website Globo Sports. “This is a matter of taste, it’s not as simple as it seems.
“What matters is the impact that this work generates. There is always the possibility of making a difference. I used photos of Cristiano Ronaldo and I searched the internet as a base. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.
“Cristiano saw the photos that his brother sent him. I was with the brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw.”
This is really great for the star.
Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye