Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez will be allowed to live together in Saudi Arabia despite the Kingdom’s laws that prohibit the cohabitation of unmarried couples.
The 37-year-old star striker joined Saudi club Al Nassr on a two-and-a-half-year deal believed to be worth around £175m a year, and was officially introduced to supporters at a grand ceremony on Tuesday. .
The Spanish model of Argentine origin Rodríguez, who accompanied Ronaldo at the inauguration, will also move to Riyadh along with Ronaldo’s five children, two of whom are his own.
The couple have never been married, and with Saudi Arabia’s Islamic laws strictly prohibiting “cohabitation without a marriage contract,” it was unclear how the family would stay together.
But the authorities are said to be turning a blind eye, allowing Rodríguez and Ronaldo to live under the same roof given the star power the footballer brings. two Saudi lawyers told the Spanish press.
Cristiano Ronaldo, accompanied by his partner Georgina Rodriguez and their son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, greets the crowd during Cristiano Ronaldo’s official presentation as an Al Nassr player at Mrsool Park Stadium on January 3, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Rodríguez watches as Ronaldo greets a stadium full of cheering fans at his inauguration in Riyadh.
A photo released by Saudi Arabia’s al-Nassr football club shows Al-Nassr’s new Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (center) along with his partner Georgina Rodríguez (CR) and their children waving to the crowd during its inauguration in Mrsool Park stadium in the Saudi capital. Riyadh on January 3, 2023
“Although the laws of the kingdom still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities recently started turning a blind eye and no longer prosecuted anyone.
‘Although these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime.’
Another lawyer added: “Today, the Saudi authorities no longer interfere in this matter, for expatriates, despite the fact that cohabitation without marriage is prohibited by law.”
The next problem facing the couple is Rodriguez’s visa.
She will not automatically receive a visa through marriage, and Saudi labor laws decree that “any woman who obtains an entry visa to the kingdom shall be the wife, worker, or first-degree relative of a man residing in the Kingdom,” according to one of the lawyers who spoke with EFE.
Lawyers posited that the Al Nassr soccer club could personally sponsor the model’s visa, with the alternative being that Rodríguez obtain a one-year tourist visa, although this would expire long before Ronaldo’s contract is up.
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Ronaldo and Rodríguez, who have been together since 2016, are parents to a nine-month-old daughter, Bella, five-year-old Alana Martina, and are also raising Cristiano’s twins, Eva and Mateo, almost five, born to a surrogate mother. mother and 12-year-old son of professional soccer player, Cristiano Jr.
Although their permanent living arrangements have yet to be finalized, Ronaldo wasted little time in making sure the couple were received like royalty, securing a luxury suite in Kingdom Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the country at 99 stories.
Georgina Rodríguez and Cristiano Ronaldo attend the 2019 MTV EMA at the FIBES Congress and Exhibition Center on November 3, 2019 in Seville, Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his family staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ronaldo was filmed by online mail Leaving the Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday night (pictured)
The chefs provide exclusive in-room dining service for Ronaldo and his family at the hotel.
Ronaldo and Rodríguez will stay at the Four Seasons hotel until he finds long-term accommodation in Saudi Arabia
Ronaldo and Rodríguez have been accommodated in some of the best accommodation Riyadh has to offer in one of the 17 rooms occupied by their entourage, including their family, friends and security personnel.
The soccer player is booked to stay in the Kingdom Suite, one of the best in the 99-story building, for a month.
The cost of the hotel suite is not even listed on the hotel website and has to be reserved privately, just like the adjacent ‘Royal Suite’. But the smaller ‘Presidential Suite’ can be booked online and the cost for one night is £3300 per night.
The hotel bill for Ronaldo and his entourage is estimated to top £250,000 when the striker leaves the suite and heads to his new home in Saudi Arabia with Rodriguez.
Until then, they can enjoy the most spectacular views of the city and taste the best food in their five-star temporary home, with a team of chefs providing exclusive in-room dining service.
The hotel says of its Kingdom Suite: ‘Enter guests with unparalleled views of Riyadh. Our newest two-story suite spans the hotel’s 48th and 50th floors, featuring a soaring living room, private office, dining room, and media room.
His ‘Royal Suite’ offers less space, but at 2,595ft it would be larger than most apartments in Britain, where Ronaldo lived twice during his time at Manchester United.
The hotel says the suite offers panoramic views of Riyadh “and its surroundings lend a unique sense of exclusivity to this versatile suite, which features an elegant dining room, pantry, living room and executive study.”
Cristiano Jr., 12, (pictured left), hugs his baby sister Eva, while Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez cradles Mateo on her lap, Cristiano (pictured right) holds their two daughters, Bella and Alana Martina.
The 37-year-old star is staying in the hotel’s luxurious ‘Kingdom Suite’, which spans two floors.
When Ronaldo and his family finally leave the hotel, they will likely be living in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city, such as Al Muhammadiyah, known for its high-end restaurants, or Al Nakheel, which is popular with families due to its international schools.
Both areas are close to Al Nassr’s 28,000-seat stadium at Mrsool Park, formerly known as King Saud University Stadium, and feature a host of high-end indoor arenas built for Western residents.
Many have their own swimming pools, preschools, shops, clinics, gyms, and restaurants, meaning residents rarely have to leave.
Property rental websites in Saudi Arabia do not list high-end rental compound properties, as they tend to be rented through private arrangements with expat employers.
But properties currently for sale in Riyadh include an eight-bedroom palace priced at 55m Saudi riyals (£12.2m) that includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and reception hall with waterfall features and three additional villas in their lands.
The palace that could sit alongside Ronaldo’s portfolio of eight properties around the world is in the Al Macqa neighbourhood, just three miles from Mrsool Park, and includes accommodation for maids and chauffeurs.
He has plenty of time to find a suitable mansion as he is banned from playing competitive football until he has served a two-match ban for knocking a mobile phone out of the hand of an Everton student last April.