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Welcome to Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport

Located in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal, even the most experience pilots describe it as one of the world’s most difficult and peculiarly perilous airports to land at.

So it’s sarcastically appropriate that Madeira Airport has been renamed after Cristiano Ronaldo, who defenders consider as one of the most difficult strikers to play against.

Formerly known as Madeira International, Portugal, the decision to name it after the Real Madrid star was announced by Miguel Albuquerque, president of the regional government of Madeira, after Ronaldo visited the archipelago to open his first branded hotel.

This is not the first time a footballer would have an airport named after him.

In 2006, Belfast International Airport in Nothern Ireland was renamed after George Best, the late Northern Ireland footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team.

Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledged the gesture with a simple “thanks” by Ronaldo, which he tweeted while aboard a private jet.

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