Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has had yet another honour bestowed upon him – the airport on his home island of Madeira is to be named after him.
Ronaldo attended the naming ceremony in Funchal, where he unveiled a bust of himself at the airport, which is now known as Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport. An image of the player has already been added to the airport’s façade.
Of course, Ronaldo is not the first player to have an airport named in their honour – Belfast’s airport was named after Manchester United legend George Best some years ago.
The name change has not been without controversy, with several local politicians campaigning against the move, saying Ronaldo’s name should be put to a sporting venue instead. However, the plan went ahead, and is in honour of Ronaldo’s services to his homeland – he has been a big promoter of the island in recent years.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has a reputation for shedding tears on the pitch – and he was the same when he was growing up, leading to the nickname ‘Cry-baby’, a former team-mate has claimed.
Speaking to Reuters, Ricardo Sanchez, who played with Ronaldo for amateur team CF Andorinha on the island of Madeira, said he earned the moniker “because Ronaldo already loved to win like he loves [to] today.
“And when he lost and when other kids didn’t pass the ball to him he used to cry.”
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reported lining up a world-record £100 million bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.
Reports in several newspapers claim that Los Blancos are prepared to offer the eye-popping sum for the Belgian international in the summer, which they hope will be enough to tempt Chelsea into selling.
Real, who have seemingly bottomless pockets, haven’t made a statement signing since the bringing in James Rodriguez from Monaco for £50 million 3 years ago.
However, whether Chelsea would be willing to cash in on their star player is another matter. Hazard is under contract until 2020, and would boss Antonio Conte be willing to lose a player who has been instrumental in the Blues’ march to the top of the Premier League table?
But if they did decide to cash in, the money could be reinvested in several players, such as Real’s forward Alvaro Morata, who Conte has tried and failed to sign on 2 previous occasions.
Manchester United are rumoured to be planning to meet the euro200 million (£173 million) release clause in Neymar’s contract and launch a summer bid for the Brazilian star.
As well as meeting the eye-popping release clause – which dwarfs the current world record transfer fee of £89 million, which United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last year – United are said to be willing to offer Neymar £415,000 per WEEK after tax.
Spanish newspaper Sport is behind this claim, adding that United have already ‘promised’ Neymar that they will bid for him in the summer.
However, no sources are quoted, so this story has to be taken with a large pinch of salt. Plus, there are few indications that Neymar wants to leave the Camp Nou, having only signed an improved contract last year.
Who will win today’s Germany v England match? Our factz give you the form and more!
- Last time the sides met, in Berlin in March 2016, England came from 2-0 down to win 3-2, with Jamie Vardy, Eric Dier and Harry Kane.
- This will be the 31st meeting between England and Germany/West Germany. Germany have 14 wins in this fixture, compared to England’s 13.
- Of the 8 internationals between the sides this century, both sides have won on 4 occasions.
- This is Germany striker Lukas Podolski’s last international match. He will win his 130th cap and has scored 48 goals so far.
- England have won on their previous 3 visits to Germany (1-5 in 2001, 1-2 in 2008 and 2-3 in 2016)
- England haven’t kept a clean sheet against Germany since a 1-0 win at Euro 2000 – a run of 7 games.
- Germany have gone 558 minutes without conceding a goal – a run of more than 6 matches. Antoine Griezmann of France was the last player to score against them at Euro 2016.
- England are good on their travels – having lost just 1 of their last 16 away internationals, and that defeat was to Spain.
- Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe last won an international cap in November 2013 v Chile.
- The last 0-0 draw between the sides was in June 1982 at the World Cup in Spain.