Residents living near the Plaza de Ramales, a quiet square in a western residential area of the Spanish capital, woke yesterday morning to find the streets adorned with green and red confetti (the colours of the Portuguese flag) along with an imposing statue of Cristiano Ronaldo, commissioned by a sporting firm.
As reported by Spanish sports daily Marca, the statue of the world's most expensive player is 10 metres in height and silver in colour, featuring the player standing over a football. The Plaza de Ramales was renamed the 'Praça de Ronaldo' for the duration of the day.
Ronaldo has only been at the Santiago Bernabeu since the summer, but has already become a hero in the Spanish capital. On Sunday against Villarreal, the Portuguese star put on a footballing recital, scoring from a blistering set piece to register Madrid's first goal and contributing to four of the next five goals scored by los Blancos in a 6-2 victory.
After scoring his goal, CR9 lifted his shirt to show a second shirt with 'Madeira' written on it in black marker, in a tribute to his home island which suffered from devastating floods over the weekend.