Bizarre Ronaldo statue steals the show

The Real Madrid star spoke at a ceremony at the airport attended by fans and officials, including Portugal's president and prime minister.

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

A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo's head was unveiled on Wednesday.The tribute marked the renaming of Madeira airport to Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo.Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his new statue.

But aside from the hair, which looked suitably similar, social media users were quick to mock the statue as nothing like him and even horrifying. In 2014, he got a 10-foot statue set up outside his personal museum, the CR7 Museum, which had opened the year before in Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago.

But as so often in the 32-year old's career, things seemed to pivot around him.

The bust's sculptor, Madeira native Emanuel Santos, said it took him 15 days to create the statue.

"You know how proud I am of my roots, my homeland", Ronaldo said in a speech, which was watched by guests including Batman - naturally.

Portugal's squad landed on Monday at the airport, displaying the trophy it won at the 2016 European Championship in France.

Ronaldo, who has 71 global goals from 138 appearances for Portugal, is an avid promoter of Madeira which is said to have increased tourism to the area.

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

Ronaldo is not the first player player with his name on an airport. The replica outside of the airport is not only kind of creepy, but it also looks nothing like Ronaldo. Belfast airport was named after former Manchester United player George Best in 2006, a year after he died.

  • Julie Sanders