Madeira Airport renamed in Ronaldo honour -- and 'bizarre' bust

Ronaldo is scheduled to return to action for Real Madrid against Alaves this Sunday, after a fruitful global break that saw him score in both of Portugal's matches.

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.

Pictures of the terrfying bust has garnered a mixed reaction online with many football fans poking fun at statute's uncanny ability to sear its image into your brain.

Ronaldo attended the ceremony accompanied by his mother Maria Aveiro, girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and son Cristiano Jnr.

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 footballer, who has a record 138 national team appearances, seemed to laugh off any embarrassment over the statue, laughing and joking with guests at the ceremony.

It's not the first time Ronaldo has been immortalized in bronze, with a 10-foot statue outside his own personal museum towering over his hometown of Funchal.

The Madeira regional government does not reportedly have the legal right to rename the airport, which has riled some detractors, according to ESPN FC. Critics said a more distinguished historical figure would be more appropriate and petitions were started for and against the change.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo was present for the unveiling of his bronze bust at the re-naming of the Funchal airport in his honour. Belfast airport was named after former Manchester United player George Best in 2006, a year after he died.

President Rebelo de Sousa said Ronaldo "projects Madeira and Portugal across the world far more than anybody else".

  • Salvatore Jensen