Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo had a statue erected of him on his home island of Madeira on Sunday morning, his native home realising the achievements of their greatest celebrity.
Ronaldo became one of the world’s greatest players at Manchester United and has reaffirmed his status as a legend of the game since his move to Spain in 2009.
After scoring 42 goals in one season at Old Trafford, the Portuguese man has eclipsed that total several times in La Liga and will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Whilst his achievements continue to be recognised in the shape of individual honours and an ever-increasing stock of club trophies, the latest of which won on Saturday night in Morocco, a statue of himself is perhaps one of the greatest honours given its permanent place in Ronaldo’s home.
Having a statue at 29 will make Ronaldo proud but the fact it looks more like Gareth Bale might disappoint him.
The attacker has always been linked with a return to United but now that Ronaldo has hit his thirties people will wonder just how long he can continue his top form before he and Lionel Messi pass on the honour to others.
After scoring 118 goals for Manchester United, Ronaldo has an incredible and unmatched record of 284 goals in 271 games since moving to the Bernabeu, 202 in 179 in La Liga.