Cristiano Ronaldo has it all — or, so we thought. Fear not for the Real Madrid and Portugal superstar, though, because by this time next year, what he doesn’t already have, he will have acquired.
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Not content with the millions (billions by now, perhaps) of dollars in his bank account(s), Ronaldo is already making serious power moves to generate a bit of extra revenue during his post-playing days. Madrid’s 30-year-old all-time leading goalscorer announced this week that he has partnered with Pestana, Portugal’s largest hotel chain, to open four “CR7” hotels over the next few years.
This is not a drill — Ronaldo is really opening his own hotels, and, as if there was ever any doubt, naming them after himself. In his defense, Ronaldo knows his playing career — and the money it has earned him — will only last so long. He’s the undisputed second-best footballer in the world, and he’s a savvy businessman, as well.
“My job is to play football but life won’t always be like this,” Ronaldo said. “I have to dedicate myself to this new project and I have the best team in the world around me to help.”
The first CR7 hotel will be opened in his hometown of Funchal, Madeira, where the Ronaldo museum — erected by his own self — can be found. Other Funchal tributes to Ronaldo include statue, fashion boutique and the umbilical cord, platinum-coated and bedazzled, that ushered him into this world.
One of the above things does not exist — yet — but we’ll leave it to you to figure out which it is.