Authorities in Saudi Arabia are set to ‘turn a blind eye’ to Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner living together after the star footballer signed up to play in the country.
Following several weeks of speculation, it was announced last week that Ronaldo, 37, had signed for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
And it’s been reported that the Portuguese forward will be able to live with his partner Georgina Rodriguez, despite the country having strict rules on unmarried couples cohabitating.
According to Spanish international news agency EFE, the local authorities are set to ‘turn a blind eye’ to Ronaldo and Rodriguez living together.
An anonymous lawyer told EFE: “Although the laws of the kingdom still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have recently started to turn a blind eye and no longer prosecute anyone.
“Although these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime.”
Another lawyer added: “Nowadays Saudi authorities no longer interfere in this matter – for expatriates – even though the law prohibits cohabitation without marriage.”
Ronaldo has been in a relationship with Rodriguez since 2016. Alongside the couple, their children Bella, Alana, Cristiano Jr. and Eva and Mateo, will also be making the big move.
Shortly after signing up with Al Nassr, Ronaldo said he was ‘proud’ and ‘grateful’ for the move to the Middle Eastern league.
Speaking at a press conference, the former Man United star said: “I feel so proud to make this big decision in my life. In Europe, my work is done. I won everything and now this is a new challenge.
“I'm grateful Al Nassr have given me this opportunity, not only for the football but for the young generation and the female generation.
“I had many opportunities in Europe, Brazil, Australia, the US and even Portugal many clubs tried to sign me, but I gave my word to this club. This is a good chance to grow many important points here with my knowledge and my experience.”
Ronaldo added: “I’m a unique player. I beat all the records there. I want to beat a few records here. This contract is unique but I’m a unique player, so for me it’s normal.
“Many people speak and give their opinions but they really do know nothing about football. It’s not the end of my career to come to Saudi Arabia. I really don’t worry about what the people say.”Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@cristiano