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Cristiano Ronaldo immortalized in bronze statue outside his personal museum

updated 7:32 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo's bronze statue stands outside his "CR7 Museum" in his hometown of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Cristiano Ronaldo's bronze statue stands outside his "CR7 Museum" in his hometown of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Statue of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled outside his "CR7 Museum"
  • Museum based in his hometown of Funchal on island of Madeira
  • The statue has come in for criticism for its appearance

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(CNN) -- Already boasting a treasure trove of trophies and mementos, the latest addition to Cristiano Ronaldo's own personal museum is a 10-foot bronze statue of the man himself.

The "CR7 Museum" -- opened in December 2013 in the Real Madrid attacker's hometown of Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira -- houses more than 125 awards, including the two Ballon d'Or titles he won in 2008 and 2013 after being voted the world's best player.

The stars line up. Real Madrid's players pose with Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan before the FIFA Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo at the Marrakesh stadium. The stars line up. Real Madrid's players pose with Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan before the FIFA Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo at the Marrakesh stadium.
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Tiny Eibar is holding its own in Spain's top flight despite being the smallest team in the division by some distance. After successive promotions, and a share issue to raise the requisite capital, the club situated in the Basque mountains sits in the top half of the table as the season nears its half way point. Tiny Eibar is holding its own in Spain's top flight despite being the smallest team in the division by some distance. After successive promotions, and a share issue to raise the requisite capital, the club situated in the Basque mountains sits in the top half of the table as the season nears its half way point.
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And now standing outside to greet those fans who make the pilgrimage to pay homage to one of football's greats is a mammoth sculpture of the Portugal captain in all his glory.

Ronaldo, fresh from helping Madrid lift FIFA's Club World Cup in Morocco on Saturday, was in Funchal just 24 hours later to unite with his family for the statue's official unveiling.

"I feel so proud to be honored with a statue in Madeira," Ronaldo wrote on his official Twitter account.

"It's a huge joy to share this moment with my family and the people from Madeira. Thank you all for the warm reception."

While in Funchal, Ronaldo also found time to receive the "Cordão Autonómico de Distinção" -- the highest distinction of Madeira.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a 2014 to remember, having helped Madrid lift the European Champions League, European Super Cup and Spanish Copa del Rey, as well as the Club World Cup.

Ronaldo, who has scored 34 goals in 27 games for club and country this season, is favorite to land the 2014 Ballon d'Or ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, with the result being announced on January 12, 2015.

Read: Real Madrid lifts Club World Cup

Read: Miracle club Eibar -- a soccer blueprint?

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