Fasten your seatbelts: Cristiano Ronaldo Airport is here

Cristiano Ronaldo was honored by his home of Funchal, in Madeira, on March 29, when the island's worldwide airport was renamed in his honor.

Cristiano Ronaldo now has an global 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.

A new sign with Cristiano Ronaldo's face and name has been placed on the front of the airport as Ronaldo's brand has expanded once more.

Madeira International Airport has been renamed after local soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday during a ceremony, with family, at the airport outside his Funchal hometown.

Portugal's president and the prime minister flew to the island and unveiled a commemorative plaque outside the terminal entrance, above a bust of Ronaldo. "I still haven't had the chance to personally talk to (Ronaldo), but I'll try to reach out to him to know his feedback".

Ronaldo was also presented with sculpture of his head, which sadly looked nothing like him!

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stands next to the dubious statue.

The 32-year-old held a speech to thank for this honor, but he also had a message for his haters.

This will be the first time Ronaldo plays with the national team in the city where he grew up.

Ronaldo enjoyed the ceremony despite the statue.

He went on to play for Manchester United and Real Madrid, while past year he helped Portugal win the European Championships.

Ronaldo acknowledged that it was rare for a public figure to be honored while still alive, saying he was aware that some people didn't agree with the change.

The Portuguese president Rebelo de Sousa was also in attendance Wednesday, praising the Real Madrid striker as "an example of excellence", despite political rumblings it was inappropriate to consign such a distinction to a sportsman.

Ronaldo is not the first player player with his name on an airport.

The bust features the Real Madrid star's trademark grin, but apart from that it bears little resemblance to the former Manchester United player.

  • Julie Sanders