Inside Cristiano Ronaldo’s lavish new life in Saudi Arabia as he and his partner enjoy Riyadh life
Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, love life in Saudi Arabia, as the couple is seen as part of the royal family in Riyadh.
The 37-year-old moved to the country earlier this month after signing an impressive £175m deal with Saudi Professional League side Al-Nassr.
British magazine flavoursgives an insight into Ronaldo’s lavish life in Saudi Arabia, which includes quotes from Piers Morgan who revealed that the Portuguese star lives a “loving” life in the Middle East.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, are enjoying life in Saudi Arabia
Ronaldo and his family moved to Riyadh earlier this month after joining Al Nasr
Morgan hosted the explosive interview that led to Ronaldo’s acrimonious departure from Manchester United in November. He has denied claims by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, that the interview “ended” Ronaldo’s career due to his move to Saudi Arabia.
“Thanks to the fallout from our interview, Ronaldo signed the biggest transfer in football history and is now the highest-paid player in the world, at the age of 37,” he told Tatler.
He’s also doing what he’s done throughout his career, which gives him an edge over Messi for me, and that’s challenging himself in a new country, a new league, at a time when football in the Middle East is really taking off, like we saw in the World Cup in Qatar where Morocco reached the semi-finals and Saudi Arabia beat On the eventual winner, Argentina Messi.
Ronaldo and his entourage occupy 17 suites at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh
The family stays in the Kingdom Suite, which has great views of Riyadh
Morgan added, ‘Ideally, I think he would have preferred to play for another club in the Champions League for a year or two, but Al Nassr has presented him with an incredible display, and I think the new challenge of raising the profile of football. In a new area of the world, at the end of his amazing career, he really liked it.
When asked if Ronaldo was happy, Morgan replied: ‘Sure. I’ve swapped a few messages with him and he absolutely loves it, on and off the field.
Moving to Saudi Arabia was a big step for Ronaldo, who spent his life in Europe, and with the Saudi Professional League not at the level he played during his brilliant career.
Rodriguez is also a star in Saudi Arabia and got a lot of coverage at the Joy Awards
Piers Morgan told how Ronaldo and his family “love life” in Saudi Arabia
He adapted quickly, and was given a hero’s welcome when 25,000 people greeted him at Marsool Park where he would play football with Al-Nassr.
Tatler claims that Ronaldo, his partner and their five children – Cristiano Jr., Eva, Mateo, Alana Martina and Bella Esmerda – have become “the talk of the town” since moving to Riyadh.
They, along with Ronaldo’s entourage, live extravagant lives as they occupy 17 suites at the 267-meter-high Four Seasons Hotel at Kingdom Center.
The building, which Saudi-owned Newcastle United visited in December, is said to cost more than £250,000 a month.
His family is said to be staying in the two-story Kingdom Suite, which features gold and marble accents throughout the living room, private office, dining room, and media room.
It has a great view of Riyadh, and the building is also home to designer boutiques including Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez has achieved great success on the social scene in Saudi Arabia.
Coverage of her social debut at the Joy Awards is said to have far surpassed that of famous actress Sofia Vergara who was named Person of the Year.
Tatler reports that Rodriguez has a large fan base in Saudi Arabia, with one person calling her an “icon” prior to her arrival.
Ronaldo also became accustomed to social life, as he went to “Daria Nights”, a shopping, art and music event, with the Minister of Sports, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal.
Although he is said to enjoy life on and off the field, it has been a slow start for the former Real Madrid star.
Ronaldo scored a second void for victory as he struggled to make an impact during their 3-1 Super Cup semi-final defeat by Al Ittihad – a side who have been linked with great rival Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo, who earns £175m a year, tied for two consecutive home runs in victory.