Cristiano Ronaldo has airport named in his honor... but bust breaks internet
Ronaldo attended the ceremony at the newly-renamed Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, along with the Portuguese president and prime minister.
The football star, 32, who already has a museum and a hotel named after him on the island, as well as a statue, described his pride at seeing the local airport now bear his name.
“You know how proud I am of my roots, my homeland,” Ronaldo said in a speech at the ceremony.
But rather than lauding Portugal’s captain and record goalscorer, social media users were quick to question whether the bust of the striker unveiled at the airport was such a good likeness.
This Cristiano Ronaldo statue at the newly named Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Madeira is absolutely dreadful. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/e7LhzUpdod— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) 29 March 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo Airport Statue looks decent pic.twitter.com/RFmjTTpK4P— lew (@Iewiswain) 29 March 2017
Someone looked at this and saw Cristiano Ronaldo. So it is displayed on the new Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. pic.twitter.com/4FwpzLOy3Y— João Moreira Pires (@JoaoGoncaloMP) 29 March 2017
That new Ronaldo statue is amazing. Incredible likeness. pic.twitter.com/lXLPsfQnvH— John Sheehan (@johnsportraits) 29 March 2017
Some mocked Ronaldo’s rivalry with Barcelona star Lionel Messi: