Madeira airport will be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport from Wednesday, despite opposition from local politicians.
The Portugal captain is expected to attend a ceremony at the airport outside his hometown of Funchal on Wednesday, a day after his Portugal side plays Sweden in the city in a friendly.
Portugal’s squad landed on Monday at the airport displaying the trophy it won at Euro 2016 in France.
Funchal already has a statue and a museum about Portugal’s record goal scorer and most-capped player, as well a hotel complex named after him.
Madeira regional government president Miguel Albuquerque told A Bola earlier this month that it was right to honour “a great Madeirense” and accused critics of having “a lack of manners.”
There had been a petition against the move which claimed the renaming was “disproportionate and lacks a plausible justification.”
Ronaldo, who now has 70 goals for Portugal after scoring twice in the 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Hungary on Saturday, which moved him within one goal of third place in Europe’s all-time top international scorers.
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