World superstar Cristiano Ronaldo revealed on Tuesday that he is opening a museum dedicated to himself on Madeira, the Portuguese island where he was born.
Ronaldo said he will be in Madeira’s capital Funchal on Dec. 15 to open the museum, which will showcase memorabilia from his star-studded professional career. Aside of the 11 club titles he has won, Ronaldo’s trophies on display could include one Ballon d’Or, two European Golden Shoes, one FIFA Puskas Award and seven UEFA Team of the Year nods.
According to the AFP, there is also a spot reserved for a second Ballon d’Or, should Ronaldo win this year’s award. He is considered the front-runner along with Franck Ribery,
Already one of the all-time greats at the age of 28, Ronaldo began his youth career on his home island at local club FC Andorinha, where his father worked, and Nacional, one of two Madeira-based clubs currently playing in Portugal’s first division. At age 12, Ronaldo moved to Lisbon and developed into a young star at Sporting, catching the eye of Manchester United when he was just 18. The rest, as they say, is history, all of which we figure will be displayed in the new museum.
While the self-dedicated museum looks, shall we say, just a bit narcissistic, it actually speaks to Ronaldo’s desire to help his home island. Madeira’s economy should definitely get a boost from all the visitors who are likely to make the trip.
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