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Ronaldo returns to Madeira the conquering hero ahead of Sweden friendly

Date Posted,March 27, 2017

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.

Fresh from his brace on Saturday night in the 3-0 win over Hungary in Lisbon, the Real Madrid superstar goes in search of more on the island of his birth.

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).

Ronaldo and Pepe touched down with the trophy (Photo: AFP)
Portugal players arriving at the airport (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Fernando Santos’ men face Sweden on Tuesday night (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

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 scoring against Hungary on Saturday night (Photo: AFP)
The Ronaldo signs began to go up last week (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

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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