This is the land of Cristiano Ronaldo, and woe betide anyone who speaks ill of him.
Don’t you dare arrive on the island wearing a Lionel Messi top. The love and devotion the people of Madeira have for the island’s son, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has a museum and a statue in the centre of Funchal, is genuine, and you are asking for trouble if you start talking about CR7’s arch enemy. Cristiano Ronaldo is worshipped on Madeira, and the people are never short of things to say about all the good he has done for the island, from his personal donations to promoting the island as a destination. It is no accident that even the island’s airport is named after the Portuguese football player.