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Cristiano Ronaldo could have 50,000-seater stadium renamed after him in Portugal

by Ace Damon
Cristiano Ronaldo could have 50,000-seater stadium renamed after him in Portugal

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo may have the 50,000-seat former Sporting Lisbon club renamed in his honor, according to reports.

Ronaldo started his career on Sporting's youth team and made 31 appearances in the club's first team before leaving for Manchester United in 2003.

Portuguese club president Frederico Varandas said he did not rule out changing the name of José Alvalade Stadium to honor the country's most famous sports son.

"It's an idea we are not discarding and we are very proud of," he told the Italian channel. Tuttosport.

"Cristiano is, and always will be, one of the main symbols in our club's history.

"We are proud to be associated with Cristiano Ronaldo and that the name of the best player in the world goes hand in hand with Sporting."

Currently, the stadium has been named after the club's founder and has taken its title since it was built in 1956.

It was essentially rebuilt at the same site in 2003, before the European Championship the following year.

There are suggestions that the stadium may be renamed to Cristiano Ronaldo Arena or CR7 Arena.

Ronaldo, 34, was in action for his country at José Alvalade Stadium on Friday night, marking the Euro 2020 3-0 win in qualifying for Luxembourg.

The goal led him to 94 goals in his country in 161 games and raised him to 699 career goals as he joined an elite band of just five players to reach the 700-goal mark in official matches.

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