Cristiano Ronaldo opened on Sunday (December 23), in Madeira, his own statue, which will be to remember, in the Sea Square in Funchal, this native son who became a global star. The statue was sculpted in bronze by artist Ricardo Veloza and measures 3.40 meters in height.
Accompanied by his mother Dolores Aveiro and son Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of the Portuguese national team that was recalled in Madeira where he built the “foundations of life and football,” with his family. Grateful and motivated by the tributes, promised to “give a lot of trophies, many titles” and “continue to disclose the name of Madeira”.
An award that is a “special place”
Before the inauguration of the statue, as Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, in a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly. In brief words he spoke during the ceremony, Ronaldo revealed his “proud to be in Madeira.” “Where I grew up, where I have my roots and my family,” he said, adding, “It is a great privilege to be back with the Madeiran people who also am.” Before grace the footballer with the highest decoration of the region, the president of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira said that Ronaldo “made work his commandment and its currency.” “There is no success without work and Ronaldo is an example”, also stressed Miguel Mendonça, adding that the athlete “is not left dazzled by success” and is now “a citizen of the world” and “idol of huge personalities and citizens of all nationalities. “
The allocation of the Medal of Merit of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, proposed by the regional government, was approved unanimously by the Legislature regional. Took account of “the extraordinary professional category of the athlete and, above all, his character and personal qualities” and “what comes to representing the knowledge and dissemination of Madeira in the world.”
The ceremony attended Irenaeus Barreto, representative of the Republic, Alberto João Jardim, President of the regional government, Gris Teixeira and Bruno Carvalho, president of the National and Sporting, Ronaldo clubs represented in Portugal and facing each other for the football championship on the day of honor of his former athlete. This act was also present Jorge Mendes, athlete of the entrepreneur.
The bronze statue, with 3,40m tall and 800 pounds in weight, is on Avenida Sá Carneiro, beside Mar Square and the space where it will be the new Museum CR7.
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