Back to the islands! Just like when I was in the Azores, Canaries, and the Balearic Islands. However, in this case I was back to another Portuguese island – Madeira, which is just north of the Canary Islands. Madeira is still far enough from civilization that the Canaries are a bit closer than the Safi coast of Morocco. So that should tell you that they are quite far.
But unlike going to the Azores and Canary Islands in the winter, Madeira had its weather change from cold to humid hot and only getting hotter!
One place of interest, if you are a football fan, is to go to the CR7 Musuem. CR7 stands for Cristiano Ronaldo and the number 7 meaning his jersey number. Considered one of the best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo came from Funchal, Madeira who decided to give back to his hometown by having a museum with some of his memorabilia and items of personal interest so his fans can partake into his professional and private life. The Real Madrid museum had quite a bit of Ronaldo stuff in there but I think Ronaldo wanted to share with fans because of the amount of hardware that he’s been given over the years has started to pile up. I suppose the solution to that is have a museum which can save a lot of save at home.
Having seen Ronaldo play twice, once in Madrid when he played against Espanyol and once in Camp Nou when Real Madrid and FC Barcelona played in El Clásico, I know that the man can flat out play. He’s one of the two best players in the past decade (alongside Lionel Messi) as both players have seen these two alternate winning trophies such as the Golden Ball and Champions League. The only exception was this past year which went to Luka Modric which didn’t make sense as I felt that the committee wanted to break Ronaldo and Messi’s monopoly since they are the top two kings of football.
After going to this CR7 museum, I was wondering if Lionel Messi will ever have a museum of his own in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina or maybe at least one in Buenos Aires in order to get more visitors. I know that there is a mini-museum for Messi in Barcelona (sponsored by Adidas) but a major one like Ronaldo’s? We’ll have to see. So far, the FC Barcelona museum might be the biggest one so far to have a quite a collection of Messi’s stuff while Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira’s favorite son, will have his own museum for football fans to flock to in order to see some of his famous trophies, jerseys, and other goodies. I still wonder how dominant FC Barcelona would have become…. only if FC Barcelona decided to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo instead of Ricarod Quaresma. Ronaldo’s CR7 museum would have been even more packed full of stuff!