Luxurious living awaits Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia: The star player can have a £12.2million palace with an Olympic-size swimming pool and enjoy 50C in a fenced yard protected by strict Islamic law sunbathing – Part 2

The links allow expats to mingle with Westerners behind closed doors on weekends, even though alcohol is banned across Saudi Arabia.

Property rental websites in Saudi Arabia do not list high-end rental properties as these are usually rented out through private agreements with expatriate employers.

Properties currently for sale in Riyadh include an eight-bedroom palace priced at 55 million Saudi riyals (£12.2 million), featuring an Olympic-size swimming pool and reception hall featuring a waterfall, and three other villas on its grounds .

The palace, in the Al Macqa neighbourhood, just three miles from Msool Park, could join a portfolio of eight other properties Ronaldo has reported around the world, including accommodation for maids and chauffeurs.

While Ronaldo is likely to be welcomed with open arms wherever he goes, his partner Georgina, an Argentinian-born Spanish model, is sure to find life in Riyadh better than the enclave where the Cheshire footballer’s wives end up living. more restricted.

The website www.expatarrivals.com explains on its kingdom page: “Expat women in particular may find it difficult to adjust to life in Saudi Arabia, especially if moving there as a later spouse.

“Many of the freedoms they enjoy at home are much more restricted in Saudi Arabia.

“The best way to blend in in public without attracting unwanted attention is to wear the abaya (a long, flowing black robe) over your clothing.

“Women are not required by law to wear the abaya, but public decency laws state that knees and shoulders must be covered in public.”

Regarding living in gated communities, the website says: “In these remote communities, the restrictive rules of normal Saudi life feel remote.

“Mutaweek (religious police) is less involved and expats have more opportunities to cultivate relationships with other expats, which eases the transition.

“Women can also socialize freely indoors, and there are no restrictions on what to wear.”

Ronaldo, who is currently in Dubai, has been linked with Al Nasr ahead of this year’s World Cup but declined to comment on the move as his focus is on the game.

He was in tears after Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals. He started on the bench and came on in the 51st minute.

Sports website Marca revealed this week that Al Nasr wants to sign Ronaldo before the end of the year. The lucrative deal will reportedly keep him at the club until at least 2025, with the possibility of extension.

Ronaldo and his family are said to be waiting in Dubai for a deal – which also includes an endorsement deal – to be finalized.

He reportedly shared a video of himself at his gym in Dubai this week as he awaited a deal to be finalized.

Al Nassr is one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful clubs, having won the country’s top flight nine times, most recently in 2019.

The club, managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who has coached Roma, Marseille and Lyon, has also won the Saudi Super Cup in 2020 and 2021 despite struggling to make a splash on the international stage.

Their only appearance in the Club World Cup was in 1999/2000, when they lost 3-1 against one of Ronaldo’s former clubs, Real Madrid.

They then beat Casablanca 4-3 but lost 2-0 to Brazilian club Corinthians after failing to reach the knockout rounds.

Saudi Arabia’s sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz, previously told BBC Sport: “Anything is possible and I would love to see Ronaldo playing in the Saudi league.

“It will benefit the league and the sports ecosystem in Saudi Arabia and inspire young people for the future. He is a role model for many kids and has a huge following.”

Ronaldo has parted ways with Manchester United following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized the club, Eric ten Hager and the Glazer family who own the club.

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