Madeira Airport renamed in Ronaldo honour -- and 'bizarre' bust


Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister António Costa flew to the island and unveiled a plaque outside the entrance, above a bust of the Portuguese team captain, reports Efe.

Cristiano Ronaldo was honored with an ugly bust when the Madeira Islands airport in Portugal was renamed after the soccer superstar. Furthermore, critics argue a more fitting tribute would be to name a sports facility after Ronaldo.

BBC presenter Dan Walker remarked the bust's appearance bore a striking resemblance to the former Republic of Ireland global striker Niall Quinn.

When photos of the Ronaldo and the bust got online, the internet couldn't help but make fun of how bad the statue looks. He already has a museum about him in his hometown of Funchal.

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Which prompted football writer Tom Williams to point out that when it came to statues Ronaldo has had "appalling luck".

A woman poses next to the bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Madeira worldwide airport outside Funchal, the capital of Madeira island, Portugal, Wednesday March 29, 2017.

'You know how proud I am of my roots, my homeland, ' Ronaldo said in a speech.

Ronaldo is not the first footballer to have an airport named after him.

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"To see this airport bear my name is a very special thing", said Ronaldo, who skippered Portugal to victory in the European championships past year.

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My friend, I never asked for this, but I'm not a hypocrite, and I'm happy and honoured.

The airport's name change was decided by the Madeira regional government after Portugal won the 2016 European Championship.

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