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Sporting CP Considering Naming Stadium After Cristiano Ronaldo

Sporting CP Considering Naming Stadium After Cristiano Ronaldo

Sporting CP president Frederico Varandas says the club would be "very proud" to name their stadium after Cristiano Ronaldo.

The arena in Lisbon is currently called 'Estadio José Alvalade ' after the man who founded the club in 1906 but there has been talk of the Portuguese outfit honouring Ronaldo, who has become the club's biggest success story.

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And Varandas has given his seal of approval to the renaming, highlighting how the club continue to use him as a source of inspiration.

"It's a theory we will not shelve and obviously we'd be very proud to have his name associated with us," Varandas told Tuttosport, as per Football Italia.

"Cristiano is and always will be one of the greatest symbols in the history of our club. We're already keeping his values on the walls of the youth academy, focusing on passion, sacrifice, discipline, leadership and determination. Cristiano is certainly the best Portuguese player of all time and one of the best athletes in the history of the sport."

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Ronaldo scored his 699th career goal at the iconic stadium in the 3-0 win over Luxembourg last night, with the crowd joining in with his trademark "SIUUUUUU!" celebration.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner already has an international airport named after him in his hometown of Madeira, as well as his own museum.

But 'The Cristiano Ronaldo Stadium' - or even a "José Alvalade CR7" hybrid would undoubtedly be the ultimate honour for the 34-year old.

Having come through the ranks at Sporting after joining aged 12, Ronaldo made 31 first-team appearances for the club before Manchester United snapped him up for £12.24 million after seeing him light up a 2003 friendly.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Excluding club friendlies, Ronaldo has netted a ridiculous 699 in 973 appearances and has won pretty much everything there is to win in the game.

Retirement might not be too far away but the man himself has his sights on conquering the world of business.

"I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn't matter the age, it's all about mentality," Ronaldo told SPORTbible in an exclusive interviewin an exclusive interview.

"The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?

"It has taken many years of hard work, dedication and passion to achieve what I have in football. Outside of football I'm not there yet, but I'm a competitive guy and I don't like to be the number two or number three. I always want to be number one. I will do it, 100 per cent."

Topics: Football News, Football, Sporting CP, Sporting, Cristiano Ronaldo

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