Cristiano Ronaldo, the 37-year-old football legend, last month joined Al Nassr, a Saudi Arabian football club with its headquarters in Riyadh, following his contentious departure from Manchester United.
Since then, the Portuguese celebrity has been given access to several facilities, including an opulent house and a yearly salary of £175 million. In front of 25,000 spectators on Tuesday at Mrsool Park in Riyadh, Cristiano Ronaldo was introduced as “the world’s greatest player.” His new sporting voyage with Saudi Arabia was grandly celebrated during the ceremony.
Additionally, SPORT reported that Ronaldo and his longtime partner Georgina Rodriguez are allegedly breaking the law by residing in the same home in Saudi Arabia, where it is prohibited for unmarried couples to do so, but authorities aren’t anticipated to take any action against them. This is referred to as receiving special treatment.
According to the Spanish news agency EFE, Ronaldo has a high ranking as one of the “most marketable players in the world” and won’t face any consequences from the Saudi authorities. The aforementioned magazine provided testimony from two distinct Saudi lawyers to back up its assertions. The legal professionals predicted that it would be less possible for Ronaldo’s friendship with Rodriguez to catch the notice of the proper authorities.
“Even though living together without a marriage certificate is still against the law, the government has started to disregard the problem and doesn’t prosecute anyone. Of course, these laws are used when there are issues or crimes “One attorney commented. A second legal expert concurred, showing that Saudi officials no longer meddle in foreigners’ affairs. The Saudi Arabian authorities “do not engage in this matter [in the case of foreigners] nowadays, but the regulation continues to forbid cohabitation outside of marriage,” according to the Spanish publication. It would be inappropriate to mention that neither Ronaldo nor the Saudi government has issued any public statements regarding the subject as of yet.
Ronaldo was supposed to make his new club debut on Thursday, however, Sportsmail exclusively reported that the player is out since he still has two games left to go in his FA sentence for shattering an Everton supporter’s phone last season. Even though the ban was put in place while he was still with Manchester United, Al Nassr cannot use its new striker until he has participated in two competitive matches that he would have been available for.