Views on unveiled statue differ as airport gets named after Player

Following the controversial statue of the Real Madrid’s superstar – Cristiano Ronaldo that was unveiled on the Portuguese island of Madeira,  a lot of football fans have been questioning the resemblance of the statue as it looks more like former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn than Ronaldo.

The unveiled statue of Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn

Portugal’s president and the prime minister flew to the island to unveil the tribute to the player outside the terminal entrance.

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

The 32-year-old is a local hero in Madeira, where he is seen as a rags-to-riches success. He already has a museum about him in his hometown of Funchal.

According to the elated player, he said via his twitter handle that he is happy and honored to have his name given to the Madeira airport.

Ronaldo is not the first footballer to have an airport named after him. Belfast airport was named after former Manchester United player George Best in 2006, a year after he died.

The 32 year old play maker has been an inspiration to a lot of young people as he steadily thrives with his persistent display of hard work and commitment.


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