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Sporting to change stadium name, Ronaldo being considered

Published : 13 Oct 2019 06:20 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 09:57 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to have a stadium named after him as Sporting consider rebranding Estadio Jose Alvalade, Goal reveals.

The Portuguese club have revealed their former prodigy is in contention for a massive honour.

The club's home venue is currently named after founder, Jose Alvalade, and has been known as such since 1956.

But after such a long run, a change is being contemplated by current Sporting president Frederico Varandas with Ronaldo firmly in contention to receive the honour.

The Juventus star joined the club in 1997 as a 12-year-old and worked his way up to their first-team where he was quickly scouted by Manchester United.

While his senior career didn't last long at Sporting, Ronaldo has left a lasting legacy at the club with Varandas confirming they are considering renaming Estadio Jose Alvalade after him. 

Ronaldo's early commitment at Sporting is now the thing of legend with many former teammates since revealing how dedicated he was - even at such an early age. 

Estadio Jose Alvalade was rebuilt at the turn of the millennium and re-opened in 2003 with an expanded capacity of just over 50,000. 

The first match played at the venue following the reconstruction was Sporting's famous 3-1 win over the Red Devils - a game where Ronaldo showed he'd very quickly become a household name.

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