Visit Funchal in 2015 and see a footballing icon.
At the close of 2014 one of the world's largest fireworks displays will have subsided and the partygoers aboard their New Year's cruise ships will have departed the gleaming waters of Funchal Harbour. As 2015 dawns the bustling little island of Madeira can be sure to welcome many more just like them, everyone from festive revellers to sightseers and lovers of colourful Portuguese culture. Particularly if you're a football fan the island's capital has a quirky sightseeing treat in store this new year.
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably Funchal's most famous son, and now the ace Real Madrid player and captain of the Portuguese national team has his own statue. Located close the foreshore of his home town this new monument to his legacy and achievements stands at a 'larger than life' 3.4m. It was erected just outside the CR7 Museum, another feature established in his honour around the same time last year. Together the two attractions now comprise an essential pilgrimage spot for any follower of Portuguese football.
Our recommendation for visiting the stature and CR7 Museum if you're taking the City Sightseeing Funchal tour would be to hop-off at stop 3 and take a short walk down Avenida Sá Carneiro. The road provides an excellent scenic view out across Funchal harbour and leads directly to both attractions. Take a snap with the giant bronze likeness then dive into the museum's exciting exhibits. The displays centre around his life and career, the latter of which is currently marked by more than 125 awards. The Museum even has extra space reserved for future trophies. Be sure to look out for his two greatest accolades, the coveted Ballon D'Ors, awarded to him as the world's best player in 2008 and 2013.
Whatever your views on the man and his monument take a look at this video of the unveiling and decide for yourself whether you'd like it to be part of your Madeira sightseeing itinerary: