Cristiano Ronaldo gets airport named after him in Madeira

The 32-year-old Real Madrid player's girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, and his mother, Maria, both attended the renaming ceremony of Portugal's Aeroporto da Madeira, now known as Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. He's so beloved, in fact, that he just got an worldwide airport named after him in his native Madeira Islands in Portugal - plus a bust fashioned in his likeness. Its appearance attracted plenty of comment in the media and online.

The bronze bust squashes the player's eyes close together, and the cheeky raised-eyebrow smile more resembles a leer.

The Madeira Islands airport is set to be named after Ronaldo, and Mike & Mike debate whether there's any higher honor.

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stands next to the dubious statue.

In his birth town of Funchal, Ronaldo already has a museum and bronze statue in his honour.

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo now has an worldwide airport named after him.

Sweden hit back from two down to win 3-2 with a last-gasp own goal in a friendly against Portugal on Tuesday.

Ronaldo was also presented with sculpture of his head, which sadly looked nothing like him! But looks like the statue will be the talking point in Madeira for some time now. "Everyone knows I am proud of my roots".

The statue was revealed at a ceremony to name the island's airport after him.

"That disgusting Ronaldo statue is going to be a meme in 5,4,3.", posted another. Critics said a more distinguished historical figure would be more appropriate and petitions were started for and against the change.

Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the tribute was legitimate, however, because it was decided by an elected government.

He follows in the footsteps of Northern Ireland legend George Best, who also wore the number seven shirt in his time at Manchester United and had Belfast airport named after him.

  • Julie Sanders