‘Rua da Saúde’ exists no more in Setúbal, at least not under that rather indifferent name. The mayor of the city led the way, members of the municipality’s administration followed, and one of Setúbal’s most important streets is now called ‘Avenida José Mourinho’, honoring one of the city’s most famous and prominent ‘children’…
If you ask me, if I’m grateful, excited and proud, yes of course I am. I say yes to everything
the honoured Manchester United manager told reporters at the presentation of one of the new street signs, an as characteristically Portuguese as it gets ‘azulejo’… piece of art.
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 here, and I feel closer to my father [who passed away last year, and is obviously buried there]. I come to Setubal because my children have never lived here and love Setubal as much or more than I do
Mourinho said, on the verge of going… sentimental.
Setubal remains the only city where I feel like myself, where I feel like Ze Mario [which is how his closest people from old times call him], where I walk on the street and people treat me like I like to be treated
the Man United boss also said.