But what really stole all the limelight at the event was a strange looking bust of the footballer that will now greet travellers at the airport. Twitter was quick to point out that the statue looked nothing like the player and quickly became a source of memes online.
That hideous Ronaldo statue is going to be a meme in 5,4,3...— MATEO B. (@Agave310) March 29, 2017
The Cristiano Ronaldo bust at the airport carrying his name. This is Art Attack... pic.twitter.com/tTVmQBMgms— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) March 29, 2017
We still love you. The real you. Not that horrible bust you. Still funny!— Scary Ghost (@Epicurious_me) March 30, 2017
The 32-year-old player is a local hero in Madeiro where he was born. But looks like the statue will be the talking point in Madeira for some time now.