Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon are considering renaming their home ground – Estadio Jose Alvalade – after former prodigy Cristiano Ronaldo.

The venue is currently named after founder, Jose Alvalade. It has been known as such since 1956 but club president Frederico Varandas has revealed the plans to change the name and Ronaldo is being considered for that honour.

Varandas confirmed the news to Tuttosport saying: “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.”

The 34-year-old who is now at Juventus joined Sporting in 1997 as a 12-year-old and worked his way up to the first-team, making his senior debut in the 2002/3 season.

He played for one season before joining Manchester United in 2003.

“Cristiano played 31 times and scored five goals in the 2002/03 season, his last campaign before joining United,” the president added.

“He 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.”

 

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