Ronaldo is proud of his island, just like his island is proud of him.
Are you a fan of CR7? Are you visiting Ronaldo’s birthplace island and would you like to visit places associated with him? This post is for you.
- The birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro…
- Places associated with Ronaldo in Funchal
- 3 – Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
- 4 – Ronaldo’s Monument
- 5 – Cristiano Ronaldo Hotel
- 6 – Official Cristiano Ronaldo (‘s sister) store in Funchal
- 7 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s mural in Santo Antonio
- 8 – Small mural of Cristiano in the centre of Funchal
- 9 – Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint
- 10 – Ronaldo’s first football clubs in Madeira
- 11 – Ronaldo’s house in Funchal
- Does Ronaldo currently have a house on Madeira? Does Ronaldo ever visit Madeira?
The birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro…
1 – Cristiano Ronaldo Airport Madeira (FNC)
We notice that Madeira is proud of Ronaldo since the moment we land on… yes – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Airport. Regular visitors are no longer surprised by the Ronaldo logo in the name of the airport, but occasionally you can still hear disbelief while the pilot announces the airport name.
2 – Ronaldo’s bust
Ronaldo’s bust can be found next to the Arrivals Hall exit. This is the second bust placed there. The previous bust wasn’t a big success and looked more like a caricature. The present bust still doesn’t resemble Ronaldo perfectly, but it is much better.
Places associated with Ronaldo in Funchal
In Funchal you will find:
3 – Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
In the area next to Funchal Marina you will find the Hotel, Museum, Monument and Restaurant of CR7. Even the square where the building is located was named after the footballer – Praça CR7.
I visited the restaurant/bar multiple times, but I did not visit the museum until the fifth visit. I am not crazy about football, but I must admit that the museum did not disappoint me – just the opposite.
If you are not a fan of football or Cristiano, I would rather recommend taking a picture with his monument and a lunch or a coffee at Cristiano Cafe – CR7 Corner Pizza Burger Beer and Wine – in which you can find decorations referring to Ronaldo, ie his autographed t-shirts, and even Ronaldo’s face instead of the mirror in the bathroom:
However, if you are into football, you should definitely enter the museum.
The ticket costs 5 euros.
You will find there Ronaldo’s medals, prizes and trophies, his interactive career history, letters from fans, gold and silver shoes and t-shirts.
The most interesting is the opportunity to take a virtual photo with the star on the interactive screen “CR7 AUGMENTED REALITY”. This pleasure costs an additional 5 euros, but if you do not feel like paying extra, you will be able to take a picture with two of the other statues of Ronaldo inside the museum.
It was very interesting to see letters from Ronaldo’s fans from all over the world…
The museum, which is surprisingly large, is located on level -1. On the ground floor by the entrance, you can buy official Ronaldo souvenirs, for example, a bottle of Madeira wine for 15 euros. The T-shirt costs 80 euro.
4 – Ronaldo’s Monument
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo Hotel
Located in the same building as the museum and the restaurant.
Well located, elegant, 4-star hotel with an infinity pool on the roof.
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6 – Official Cristiano Ronaldo (‘s sister) store in Funchal
The CR7 store was recently moved to a slightly better location close to the Cruise Terminal: Marina Shopping (Avenida Arriaga, 75, Funchal) and belongs to his sister.
You can buy there clothes for men, women, kids, backpacks, mugs, football and other CR7 accessories.
7 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s mural in Santo Antonio
In the neighbourhood where Ronaldo grew up, you can find a large and well-done mural of the footballer. It is painted on the wall of St. Antonio Civic Center and it presents Ronaldo wearing the shirt of the Portuguese national team.
This tip was also one of the local 15 tips I shared on the new travel service of Google – Touring Bird
In my opinion, the author of the mural – Richard Wilson – did a great job. Of all Ronaldo’s portraits available in Madeira, this one is by far the best and resembles Ronaldo the most.
8 – Small mural of Cristiano in the centre of Funchal
If you are not able to visit Santo Antonio… Just next to the fruit market Mercado dos Lavoradores, on a wall of Auto Silo do Campo da Barca you will find another, smaller mural/graffiti of Ronaldo.
On another wall of this same building, you will also find the famous whale mural La Baleia made by Marcos Milewski.
9 – Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint
Even if you do not intend to copy Ronaldo’s picture, the Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint is still a place worth visiting. It is on the way to the beautiful Curral das Freiras (Valley of the Nuns) and offers magnificent views of the entire Funchal Bay.
10 – Ronaldo’s first football clubs in Madeira
11 – Ronaldo’s house in Funchal
The house where Ronaldo grew up (Quinta do Falcao 27 A) has unfortunately been demolished. You won’t be able to see his childhood house – you will only be able to walk through the streets where he used to play football as a child.
The hospital where Ronaldo was born is Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital (Av. Luís de Camões 6180, 9000-177 Funchal).
Some time ago, the love of Ronaldo, Georgina Rodríguez, posted on her Instagram an interesting picture [SEE PHOTO] of them walking through the streets of Santo Antonio. Seeing Ronaldo’s childhood neighbourhood was a very touching moment for her.
Does Ronaldo currently have a house on Madeira? Does Ronaldo ever visit Madeira?
Shortly after publishing this post, I saw a local newspaper article about Ronaldo visiting Madeira. [See source].
According to the article, Ronaldo arrived on Madeira today in a private jet and will stay on Madeira for the weekend, after which he will return to Turin. He will use the chance to visit his almost finished house located at Rampa do Carvão (Rua Princesa D. Amélia & Rua Carvalho Araújo), next to the Funchal Port roundabout.
12 – Ronaldo’s signed T-shirt in Madeira Story Centre
Ronaldo is so important in the history of Funchal that his footprint – an autographed t-shirt – can also be found at the Madeira Story Center Museum in the Old Town of Funchal.
Places associated with Ronaldo – outside of Funchal
13 – Ronaldo collection in Câmara de Lobos
While getting a Poncha at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, we did not expect such a large collection of CR7 souvenirs.
They can be found in the bar: Filhos D’Mar on Largo do Poço
One of the pictures presented Ronaldo with the owner of the bar, who at the same time was busy preparing our drinks.
The owner, however, didn’t seem to be in a mood for a chat about the history of these souvenirs- I was only able to find out that Ronaldo is a good friend of the bar owner.
Ronaldo – the icon of Madeira?
Despite this fairly long list of places, I do not think the island is “full of Ronaldo”. You won’t find his face looking down on you on every corner, as you might have expected. We found some Ronaldo gadgets in a souvenir store, saw some posters in the mall and a couple of cheap shirts at Mercado dos Lavoradores, but.. that was basically it.
Yes, Madeira is proud of Ronaldo, but being the birthplace of Ronaldo is just one of the many, many things which Madeira can be proud of…
And you? Have you found any other traces of Ronaldo on Madeira?
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