Cristiano Ronaldo statue becomes social media sensation
Madeira renamed its airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo, although it is a new statue of the four-times world player of the year that is likely to grab the headlines. The Atlantic island is where Ronaldo grew up, and the airport in its capital Funchal will now be known as “Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo”. The ceremony followed Portugal playing their first match on the island for 16 years, the hosts losing 3-2 to Sweden despite an early Ronaldo goal in the friendly match. Ronaldo, 32, was accompanied to the airport renaming by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and mother Maria, and heads were turned when a statue with a debatable likeness to the image-conscious Real Madrid forward was unveiled. The latest bust of Ronaldo has already gone viral with people comparing it to the former Ireland international, Niall Quinn.