Cristiano Ronaldo bust draws mirth after Madeira airport unveiling

Portugal's Madeira Airport had its name changed on Wednesday to honor football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo also attended the ceremony, but did not show any signs of being bothered by the odd look of his newly unveiled bust.

The airport in the island of Madeira was renamed "Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport" in the presence of Portuguese PM, President and thousands of fans. He already has a statue, a museum and a hotel named for him in Madeira.

Funchal airport in Portugal has been renamed as Cristiano Ronaldo Airport.

A boy takes a selfie next to the bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo was enjoying another stellar night on Tuesday in a career that seems to be one never-ending string of successes, but it turned out Sweden hadn't read the script. Other wags opined the bust's image was more like ex-Liverpool Norwegian global defender John Arne Riise.

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

Ronaldo's honour has been criticised by the Portuguese public, but the 32-year-old insisted it was not an accolade he was expecting.

"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".

The four-time Player of the Year has appeared a record 138 times for Portugal and scored a team-high 71 goals.

However, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the tribute was legitimate because it was decided by an elected government.

The Madeira regional government does not reportedly have the legal right to rename the airport, which has riled some detractors, according to ESPN FC.

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

  • Salvatore Jensen