On the pitch many look on him in admiration, but in his hometown, Christiano Ronaldo is ‘looked on’ more with miff and curiosity.
The Real Madrid star was in his place of birth, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, to witness the unveiling of a statue at a ceremony to name the island’s airport after him. But as the star stood by his bust at the unveiling he had to put on a brave face at the outcome as many questioned the resemblance to the World Footballer of The Year.
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 local hero saw the funny side, though as he already has a museum about him in his hometown of Funchal.
The bust was unveiled at the renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport