Honour was Wednesday bestowed on Real Madrid and Portugal’s prolific striker, Cristiano Ronaldo. He now has an international airport named after him in his native Madeira Island.
Many guests and hundreds of fans attended the official ceremony of renaming the local airport as Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo.
Among the guests were Portugal’s president and the prime minister who flew to the island and unveiled a commemorative plaque outside the terminal entrance, above a bust of Ronaldo.
The 32-year-old Ronaldo is a local hero in Madeira, where he is seen as a rags-to-riches success. He already has a statue, a museum and a hotel named after him in Madeira.
“You know how proud I am of my roots, my homeland,” Ronaldo, wearing a dark suit and tie, said in a speech.