Madeira: After leading Portugal to victory in the European Championship, the airport on his hometown island of Madeira will be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in recognition of the impact made by the Real Madrid star on soccer worldwide.
The announcement was made by regional government president Miguel Albuquerque on the same day Ronaldo flew to Funchal to officially open the first Pestana CR7 Hotel, a global project in a venture with Pestana Hotel Group.
Interestingly, the Irish airline Ryanair has also renamed one of its aircraft to “Ryanaldo” and modified its logo. Through its official Twitter account, the carrier uploaded a photo on Wednesday.
The success brought by Ronaldo to Portugal winning the European Cup and to Real Madrid winning the Champions League, all in the same year, led to rumors about him earning his fourth Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo was recently named world’s highest-paid athlete, taking home US$88 million last year. According to the Associated Press, most of his whopping income came from his highly coveted $56 million annual salary with Real Madrid, with the remaining $32 million coming from endorsements for huge companies including Nike, Tag Heur and nutritional supplement business Herbalife.