Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by his hometown of Madeira as the international airport in the island has been renamed after him after the EURO 2016 winning Portugal captain and Real Madrid star.
Ronaldo, 31, captained Portugal to their first major tournament title in France earlier this month, helping Fernando Santos’s men secure a 1-0 win over the host nation, despite suffering a knee injury in the final.
The announcement came on the same day the former Manchester United forward and three-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo opened his own hotel in the city.
Ronaldo and Albuquerque attended the opening – the first in a global chain of hotels in a venture with Pestana Hotel Group, with locations in Lisbon, Madrid and New York set to follow.
“The first Pestana CR7 had to be in Funchal – my city that also is considered the best island by the World Travel Awards,” Ronaldo said.
“It is a great pride for me – the opening of this my first hotel. It marks my entrance into a completely new area. This new project is going to be a huge success in the four corners of the world.”