Goal.com reports that Real Madrid and Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been honored in his country as the Madeira International Airport has been named after him. A bust of Ronaldo was also mounted outside the terminal. It was unveiled in a ceremony attended by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Speaking at the event, the player who led his Portugal team to Euro victory (their first international trophy) last year said:
“Thank you very much for being here, to see my name being given to this airport is something special. Everybody knows that I am proud of my roots and of my hometown, in interviews I give, I always make a point of praising Portugal and Madeira in particular.”
“Tributes should be given while people are still alive as myself, so I would like to thank the regional government of Madeira for the courage and firmness to defend this idea.”
The Portugal captain now has a statue, museum and hotel bearing his name in his birth place, Madeira.