Sep 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017
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Madonna has reportedly moved to Lisbon after her 11-year-old son David Banda joined the Benfica football team youth academy.

The Portuguese weekly magazine Visão reported: “Madonna is no longer a tourist, she now lives in Lisbon.” It republished several pictures from Madonna’s Instagram account that show her visiting Portugal over the past couple of months.

The singer has been staying in a Lisbon hotel after buying a house in the resort of Sintra, 17 miles (27km) north-east of the Portuguese capital.

The 19th-century building was put up for sale for €7.5m (£7m) and could take about six months to renovate, according to Visão.

David Banda, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, has joined the Benfica training centre in Seixal, Correio da Manhã reported.

The club accepted David Banda after his first test in the spring. He will stay at the academy until starting at a French high school in Lisbon, the newspaper reported, quoting a source close to Benfica.

Rumours about a possible move began when Madonna was spotted at the school in May. She joins celebrities including John Malkovich, Monica Bellucci and Michael Fassbender in owning a home in Lisbon.

The city has enjoyed a cultural renaissance in recent years and is regarded by many as hip, cheap and innovative.

David Banda is one of four children that Madonna, 59, has adopted from Malawi. She adopted twin four-year-old girls from the country in February and accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers last month over an article published by Mail Online.

The article revealed the twin girls’ names, race, age and the fact that they lived in an orphanage in Malawi, and were the subject of pending applications for adoption by Madonna. Her solicitor said the singer would donate the damages to the Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery in Malawi.

Madonna and her adopted twin daughters have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a "serious invasion of privacy".

The singer adopted four-year-old twins Stella and Estere in February.

At the time she asked the media to "respect our privacy during this transitional time."

Madonna brought the case at London's High Court over a MailOnline article that caused her "considerable personal distress", her solicitor said.

The article revealed the girls' names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi and were the subject of pending applications for adoption by Madonna.

"The MailOnline published it at a time when, as the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna would be powerless to protect the girls from harm," solicitor Jenny Afia told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies on Thursday.

"Their actions could, in her view, have threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family."

Ms Afia said Madonna would donate the damages to The Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery in Malawi.

"She is pleased that at least some good can come out of the situation," Ms Afia said.

The Mercy James Paediatric Centre in Blantyre, Malawi has officially been opened by President Peter Mutharika. 

Speaking during the opening on Teusday afternoon, the Malawi leader said the centre is a symbol of national pride and will save numerous lives.

Mutharika added that as a nation, Malawi is proud to be a part of the developmental works initited by Madonna.

When the Pop Star took to the podium to address the gathering she looked back at the hurdles she had to overcome in order to adopt Mercy James.

She cited the sleepless she had to endure as the laws in the country found her falling short of what was required to allow her to adopt.

Mercy James, 11, also took to the podium thanking her mother for the construction of the facility and also the opportunity that she gave her to have a better life.

The opening was spiced up by hip hop dance group performance in which 11 year old David Banda danced together with after having only two days of rehearsal.

And a local music band got many Madonna and the First Lady dancing in celebration of the centre.

The facility was constructed by the Pop Star, under her charity, Raising Malawi.

Construction started in May 2015, with both male and female workers being given an equal opportunity to be a part of the construction team.

Located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) the centre will help the hospital double the number of surgeries performed on children each year, while also serving as a training centre for doctors in Southern Africa.

Apart from that the unit will also double as a dedicated comfortable space for children who have to spend time in the hospital, including a playroom and an outdoor playing structure.

Early this year, Madonna adopted four-year-old twin girls Stella and Esther who were also present at the opening.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the US Pop Star Madonna is in the country to officially open the Mercy James Paediatric Centre in Blantyre, Malawi on Tuesday.

She reportedly arrived in the country yesterday.

The state of the art Paediatric Centre is located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

Named after Madonna’s Malawi-born daughter Mercy James, is funded by her charity, Raising Malawi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

The institute, which admitted its first patients June 29, will also serve as 'a training center' for medical professionals in Southern Africa.

Apart from that, the new children’s wing will help Queen Elizabeth central hospital double the number of surgeries performed on children each year

The unit will also dedicate comfortable space for children who have to spend time in the hospital, including a playroom and an outdoor playing structure.

Mercy, 11, is one of Madonna's six children.

The singer is also a mother to Lourdes,20, Rocco Ritchie, 16, David Banda, 11,  and 4-year-old twins Esther and Stella whom Madonna adopted from Malawi early this year.

Pop star Madonna has denied "rumours" she has applied to adopt two more children in Malawi.

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