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”.
The ceremony followed Portugal playing their first match on the island for 16 years, the hosts losing 3-2 to Sweden despite an early Ronaldo goal in the friendly on Tuesday.
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, 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.
So this is the statue:
And this is what Ronaldo looks like:
Obviously Twitter was flooded with jokes about the statue, which might now have a limited shelf life:
Is it CR7… or Niall Quinn?A bizarre Cristiano Ronaldo statue has raised some eyebrows https://t.co/D40rb1JyZN pic.twitter.com/S7ThDchgHV— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 30, 2017
Lots of people taking the piss out of that Ronaldo statue yesterday, looked fine to me… pic.twitter.com/BnC19ZNvoe— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 30, 2017
That awkward moment your statue looks more like Raoul Moat than Cristiano Ronaldo. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9dpBK1KBew— Sunday League Footy (@SundayChants) March 30, 2017
Why this Ronaldo statue look like the Hardly Boys pic.twitter.com/grLgWMvwNP— Jericho – Tucker (@IIJERiiCHOII) March 30, 2017
Damn! People are going in with the Ronaldo statue 😂 pic.twitter.com/7LTIynYn1w— Barca World (@FCBarcelonaHome) March 30, 2017
When you try to sculpt a Cristiano Ronaldo statue, but end up with Eric Trump. pic.twitter.com/6OSkc1ksc9— Jane Adler (@Seri0us_Hat) March 30, 2017