Dodgy Ronaldo statue brings Twitter to a meltdown

The ceremony followed Portugal playing its first match on the island for 16 years, the host losing 3-2 to Sweden despite an early Ronaldo goal in the friendly on Tuesday.

Is Cristiano Ronaldo laughing at his statue?   -  REUTERS

Madeira renamed its airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday — although it is a new statue of the four-times world player of the year that is likely to grab the headlines.

The Atlantic island is where Ronaldo grew up, and the airport in its capital Funchal will now be known as “Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo".

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The ceremony followed Portugal playing its first match on the island for 16 years, the host losing 3-2 to Sweden despite an early Ronaldo goal in the friendly on Tuesday.

 

Ronaldo, 32, was accompanied to the airport renaming by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and mother Maria, and heads were turned when a statue with a debatable likeness to the image-conscious Real Madrid forward was unveiled.

Naturally, the statue brought Twitter to a meltdown with people expressing their amusement. Many on social media say the work looks more like former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn than Ronaldo.

 

Not everyone on Madeira agrees with the decision to rename the airport after Ronaldo, but his national-hero status was confirmed last year when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championship.

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.

(With inputs from Reuters)