The Manchester United manager was honoured back home in Setubal on Tuesday as the Portuguese town honoured one of their most famous sons. The local authority have renamed the former Rua da Saude as Avenida Jose Mourinho in recognition of the 54-year-old’s achievements in football, and the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was humbled by the decision.
Mourinho expressed his gratitude at the gesture and thanked the locals for keeping his feet on the ground despite his incredible career in management.
He said: “I come to Setubal because I love Setubal. Because my friends call me Ze and leave the ‘Special One’ bull****”
I am very grateful. I trade tributes for victories and this is the only one I wouldn’t trade. It’s a situation a little bit strange for me, because Setubal continues to be the only city where I feel like myself, Ze, Ze Mario.
Where people treat me normally and make me feel good. Where I have made, and try to make, my profession a little extra to my essence, to who I am. I’m pure Setubalense, with all the qualities and defects. “And because of this I am grateful for this honour it makes me emotional.”
When asked if he will return to his hometown in the near future, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss got diplomatic.
“I do not know what I’ll do in post-football – I’ll be following children and grandchildren – but Setubal is always our home.”
The mayor of the town, Maria das Dores Meira gushed over Mou during the proceedings on the coast, saying he was 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”.
From Daily Mail.co.uk