Sporting Lisbon are considering renaming their stadium after Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo , according to club president Frederico Varandas.
Sporting’s home ground, the Estadio Jose Alvalade, has been named after club founder Jose Alvalade since 1956 but the Portuguese giants are reportedly now considering a change.
Several reports have suggested that the 50,000-seat venue – which re-opened in 2003 after it was rebuilt – could be rebranded as the “Cristiano Ronaldo Arena” or “CR7 Arena” in tribute to the five-time Ballon d’Or Winner.
He told Tuttosport : “It’s an idea that we’re not ruling out, and one we’d be very proud of.
“Cristiano is – and always will be – one of the greatest symbols of our club’s history.
“We are proud to be associated with Cristiano Ronaldo and that the name of the best footballer in the world is combined with Sporting.
“As far as our young people are concerned, we are trying to keep his example inside the academy.”
Despite his relatively short spell in Sporting’s first team, Ronaldo is widely considered one of the club’s greatest youth products.
Following his departure from the Estadio Jose Alvalade as a teenager, the Portugal international spent six years in the Premier League with Manchester United before joining Real Madrid for a world-record £80million fee in 2009.
In his nine years at the Bernabeu, he helped the Spanish giants to two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies, adding to the one he won with United in 2008.
He left Real to join Juventus in 2018, finishing as the club’s all-time record goal-scorer, and helped the Italian giants to the Serie A title in his first season.
The forward has also enjoyed an impressive international career, winning 161 caps for Portugal and helping his country to victory in the 2016 European Championship and the 2019 Nations League.