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Portugal Names Airport After Ronaldo



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.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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  1. frank igwebueze

    March 30, 2017 10:09pm at 10:09 pm

    He surely deserves all the honour from an appreciative country

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