Cristiano Ronaldo took the European Championship trophy to the island of Madeira on Monday as he prepares to further cement his legacy as Portugal’s favourite son.
Ronaldo’s double took him to 70 international goals, making him the fourth-highest European international goalscorer of all time.
A goal against Sweden on Tuesday night will draw Ronaldo level with Miroslav Klose, who scored 71 during his Germany career. After that comes the legendary Hungarian pair, Sandor Kocsis (75) and Ferenc Puskas (84).
On Wednesday, Ronaldo will be back at the airport, in Funchal – the capital city of the autonomous island – for the official renaming of the airport in his honour.
Ronaldo, born in Funchal, will be the star attraction at the ceremony naming Madeira Airport in his honour.
Politicians on the island decided to change the airport’s name after Ronaldo’s efforts in Portugal’s Euro 2016 success – the country’s first major international title.
Funchal also has a Ronaldo statue and museum, as well as the Pestana CR7 Funchal Hotel, a second of which has since been opened in Lisbon.
Ronaldo is expected to start in tonight’s friendly, with coach Fernando Santos insisting he is looking for a good performance from his side.
And the Portugal chief insists that he fully expects to see Ronaldo continue scoring for his country in the years to come.
“For 10 years Cristiano has been one of the best scorers in the world. Every year he wins the Golden Ball or Golden Boot, or it is close. There seems to be something new here. Cristiano has always scored, and I’m sure he will continue to score.
“It’s going to be a great joy for the people of Madeira.”
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