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Cristiano Ronaldo Opens Museum Dedicated to His Own Career

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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

In the last decade or so, Cristiano Ronaldo has built up an overflowing collection of trophies and accolades.  That hardware haul will soon find a roomier home now that the Real Madrid superstar opened his own museum.

Daniel Alvarenga of TheStar.com provides a statement from Ronaldo discussing the museum:

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum in his honour in his birthplace on Sunday, which he said had extra room for the Ballon d'Or and many other trophies to come.

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"Of course it's a special day," the Portugal forward, who has scored 33 goals so far this season, said. "I have room for more trophies. I don't really want to mention specific ones. All I want is to win more awards and if the Ballon d'Or comes, there is extra room here".

Dirty Tackle was first to confirm the news Ronaldo would open his own museum:

The site will be located on Ronaldo's native island of Madeira, Portugal, according to Goal.com's Ben Hayward.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates his goal wearing a t-shirt with the name of the Portuguese island of Madeira in memory of the recent victims of the flooding, during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarr
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Along with 11 major titles won in both England and Spain, Ronaldo's list of individual accolades is also extensive, including one Ballon d'Or title, seven UEFA Team of the Year nominations, two European Golden Shoes, one FIFA Puskas Award and more.

Of course, the development isn't for Ronaldo's own gain and is strictly for the benefit of Madeira, which will surely receive a boost to its economy due to the countless visitors who are likely to make the trip.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27:  A giant banner reads 'Golden Ball for Cristiano Ronaldo' of Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Real Madrid CF v Galatasaray AS at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 27, 2013 in Madrid, Sp
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Hayward mentions a source close to Ronaldo's family, who told the site:

The museum is a dream for Cristiano. He wants to give something back to Madeira and he came up with the idea along with his mother. It's a family project. He also wants to invest in other ventures in future on the island. This museum is just the start.

The museum will be based in the Madeira capital of Funchal, where Ronaldo played for FC Andorinha before moving away from his native town at the age of 12 to join Sporting Lisbon's youth ranks.

Since then, Ronaldo has gone on to become one of the best players ever to have graced the sport but he appears not to have lost touch with where it all began.

On the pitch, the war of the world's finest continues between him and Lionel Messi in what is a World Cup year, so it would almost be no surprise if the Barcelona man soon challenged Ronaldo's latest venture with a museum of his own.

Indeed, based on their careers to date, Messi might be likely to open a bigger and better shrine to his own achievements, which outweigh those of his Portuguese rival.

As the CR7 brand continues to grow, Ronaldo's empire for once takes a step back to cast an eye over the player's achievements thus far. Undoubtedly, the museum will have plenty more honours to add to the collection over the coming years.

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