In recognition of his achievements in football, Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has been honoured in his hometown of Setubal. Local authority in Portugal renamed the former Rua da Saude road on the seafront as ‘Avenida Jose Mourinho‘. The Portuguese and his mother, Maria Julia Santos and Setubal mayor Maria das Dores Meira, attended a ceremony on Tuesday for the grand unveiling.
Speaking on the honour, the 54 year-old said. “If you ask me, if I’m grateful, excited and proud, yes of course I am. I say yes to everything,” he told reporters.
“But I still want to come to Setubal and be who I am. I come to Setubal because I love Setubal. I have my mother and I feel closer to my father. I come to Setubal because my children have never lived here and love Setubal as much or more than I do.”
He added: “Setubal remains the only city where I feel like myself, where I feel [like] Ze Mario [his Portuguese nickname], where I walk on the street and people treat me like I like to be treated.”
His mother described him as a ‘son of Setubal, a man of the world, a global personality’ and ‘one of those Setubalenses who fill us with pride because he is really special, has a special talent, has special love for their land’.
“Here, on Jose Mourinho Avenue, it is Setubal that lives and affirms itself. This is a tribute of a city and a county that want to perpetuate this special name [Mourinho] which today is one of the best-known arteries of the city.” The mayor added