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Sporting CP plan beautiful tribute to welcome Ronaldo home

The club's president said that they were going to welcome Ronaldo home as he is one of their own and is like a son to the club.

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Cristiano Ronaldo
JORGE AMARAL O JOGO

Sporting Club de Portugal are preparing a special welcome for Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid take on the attacker's former club on Tuesday night in the Champions League.

Ronaldo played with the club from 1997 until 2003 when he moved to Manchester United under Alex Fergsuon and the club's president said that they would welcome him with a special surprise but said that their options wer elimited given UEFA's rules.

Welcome home

Ronaldo arriving in Lisbon ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Sporting Lisbon

Ronaldo arriving in Lisbon ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Sporting Lisbon

"We have prepared something to welcome Cristiano, but we will have to wait and see how much we can do with the UEFA rules," De Carvalho told COPE.

"He is a Sporting man and he will feel our support whenever he returns here. I think it will be beautiful and that the people will appreciate what we are going to do for one of our own.

"Cristiano is like a son to us and we would love to have him back at some stage.

"We hope that he will not score this time.

"I really liked our performance in the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu. I hope for a similar performance, but with a different ending."

The two sides played each other in Septmeber with Real Madrid coming out on the winning side thanks to a late Alvaro Morata goal.