Ronaldo began his career in the Sporting youth ranks and made 31 appearances for the club’s first team before leaving for Manchester United. Sporting president, Frederico Varandas, said they were not ruling out changing the name of the Estádio José Alvalade.

The stadium is currently named after the club’s founder, and has carried its title since being constructed in 1956.

There are suggestions that the stadium could be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Arena or the CR7 Arena.