Sporting CP ‘preparing to name their stadium after Ronaldo once he retires’

Sporting CP are reportedly preparing to name their stadium after Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo once he retires. “We’d be very proud.”

The 34-year-old started his career at the Sporting youth academy, bumped up through the ranks to the first team for the 2002-03 season and immediately purchased by Manchester United.

Renaming the current Jose Alvalade Stadium was put forward by Sporting President and former medical staff director Frederico Varandas.

“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.

“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.”