Terrifying Cristiano Ronaldo bust will now greet travelers at Portugal airport

The Real Madrid ace was present at Funchal alongside the Portugues president and prime minister as Madeira Airport was officially renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo airport.

Politicians "decided to change the airport's name after Ronaldo's efforts in Portugal's Euro 2016 success - the country's first major global title", reports the Daily Mirror.

The ceremony also featured the unveiling of Ronaldo's bust statue, which has been heavily criticised for having zero resemblance to the Portugal captain.

Cristiano Ronaldo had an global airport renamed in his honour on Wednesday but it was a newly unveiled bust of him that soon became a major talking point.

In 2013, Madrid's Museum of Wax unveiled a wax statue of Ronaldo with real hair that was added one strand at a time.

On Monday, Ronaldo posted an image on social media showing him and his Portugal team-mates posing with the Euro 2016 trophy on their arrival at the airport.

Ronaldo has scored nine goals in his last four European qualifiers with the national team.

Ronaldo is not the first footballer to have an airport named after him.

"Thank you for being here in my honour", said Ronaldo.

The ceremony followed Portugal's first match on the island for 16 years -Ronaldo and co going down 3-2 to Sweden in a friendly Tuesday.

The naming of the airport after the football star is expected to boost tourism on the island of Madeira but the move has attracted a slew of criticisms.

Belfast airport was named after former Manchester United player George Best in 2006, a year after he died. His charm, charisma and good looks have earned him billions of dollars and made him one of the world's biggest celebrities.

The statue was unveiled in 2014 in the presence of Ronaldo and his close relatives.

  • Leroy Wright