Sporting Lisbon could name stadium after Cristiano Ronaldo, admits club president Frederico Varandas
Oct. 13, 2019
Sporting Lisbon are considering naming their stadium after footballing icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 34-year-old began his career at Sporting before going on to star for Manchester United , Real Madrid and Juventus .
He scored five goals in his debut season with the Portuguese club, which saw United fork out £12.24million on him in 2003. As they say, the rest is history.
Sporting president Frederico Varandas told Tuttosport : “Calling the stadium ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ is an option that, right now, we are not against.
“It would be a source of great pride for us. Cristiano Ronaldo is and always will be one of the great symbols in the club’s history.
“We are very proud to be associated with Cristiano and that the name of the best player of the world is associated with Sporting.
“We want him to be an example for those in our academy, we want his image to be present in the lives of our young players.”
Ronaldo scored his 699th career goal with a delightful chip in Portgual’s 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifier win over Luxembourg on Friday.
Sporting’s stadium is currently called the Estadio Jose Alvalade, which is named after the club’s founder.