Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo has opened a museum in his honour in his hometown, Madeira.
The 28-year-old winger, who is among the three-man shortlist for the 2013 Ballon d’Or, described the edifice as having enough room to house more trophies.
“It is a special day, I don’t want to mention specific ones,” the Real Madrid star said. “All I want is to win more and if the Ballon d”Or comes there is extra room here.”
Located in Funchal, the museum exhibits more than 125 awards, including the 2008 Ballon d’Or -then Fifa World Player of the Year- title he won while playing for Manchester United.
Occupying the ground floor of a five-storey building, the presence of reporters and fans at the venue added colour to the opening ceremony.
“Here is the evidence of what I have won, no one will take it away from here and these were things I wanted to share with my fans, show them what I have already achieved,” he added.
The first piece on display dates back to when Ronaldo was eight and top-scored in a tournament with his boyhood club Andorinha. It also contains mementos from his senior playing career, including two Golden Boot awards won for being European football’s top scorer in 2008and 2011.
A lifesize was figure of him in a Portugal shirt dominated the main room.
“Does the statue look the same or what?. “No, I think it look more handsome (than me),” he joked.
All the match balls from games in which he scored hat-tricks are also on display, the last from Portugal’s 4-2 win over Sweden than saw them through to next summer’s Fifa World Cup.
Ronaldo was nominated along with Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich and French midfielder Franck Ribery for the Fifa World Player of the Year award to be decided at a ceremony in Zurich on January 13.