Madeira renames its global airport after Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has had bad luck with statues created as a tribute to him, including the 10-foot bronze statue in his hometown that has a bulge in its trousers.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid player's girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, and his mother, Maria, both attended the renaming ceremony of Portugal's Aeroporto da Madeira, now known as Cristiano Ronaldo Airport.

Ronaldo's face on Madeira International Airport.

Madeira Airport has been renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in a move initially announced past year.

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Seeing my name being given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my country and my country.

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

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.

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. Petitions were started for and against the change.

Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the tribute was legitimate, however, because it was decided by an elected government.

Some argued that it is not appropriate to rename the airport after Ronaldo, because this usually only happens to honour an individual after their death. In Northern Ireland, an airport was renamed George Best Belfast City Airport in 2006, a year after the local player and former Manchester United winger died.

  • Julie Sanders