Saudi Arabia relaxes its marital laws in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Social networks have turned to Cristiano Ronaldo as a result of Saudi Arabia has “made more flexible” its laws so that the Portuguese soccer player can live in that country with his girlfriend, the Spanish-Argentine model Georgina Rodriguez.

Although it is well known that the laws of the realm “prohibit cohabitation without marriage contract”, the Saudi authorities have decided to “turn a blind eye” to the personal life of the football star.

Cristiano Ronaldo during his presentation as a new member of the Al Nassr club. Mrsool Park Stadium, January 3, 2023. (Getty Images)

Already 37 years old, the Portuguese striker has just signed a mega-contract with the Saudi team Al-Nassar, according to which he will pocket 200 million dollars a year during the two and a half years that he will be part of the Middle Eastern club.

Following his controversial separation from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo He will move his family to Saudi Arabia, where they will occupy a luxurious property.

In a statement to EFE, a lawyer explained: “Although the laws of the kingdom continue to prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have decided to look the other way and not legally prosecute the interested parties. Despite this, their laws still apply when a problem arises or a crime occurs.”

The decision to modify the legislation has been widely criticized on social networkswhere users —particularly women— have lashed out at the footballer for renouncing to marry the 28-year-old model, with whom he has had two children.

Here it should be noted that Cristiano Ronaldo he has three other children fathered by two different surrogate mothers. A user attacked the Portuguese star tweeting: “And all so that he doesn’t have to marry her.”

Cristiano Ronaldo with Georgina Rodríguez and their children, who accompanied him on the day of his presentation at Al-Nassr.  (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo with Georgina Rodríguez and their children, who accompanied him on the day of his presentation at Al-Nassr. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP via Getty Images)

Another denounced: “So he prefers to go through all that before marrying her…”. A third user found Cristiano Ronaldo’s position very offensive: “And all to not marry her… it’s a shame.”

While a fourth wrote that the footballer’s insistence on avoiding marriage went too far: “In order not to marry her, he forced [a los sauditas] to break their own laws. It’s very unfortunate.”

One more pointed out: “I would be devastated if a man would go to such lengths not to marry me.” And there was also the user who lashed out at the Saudi authorities, accusing them of giving in to the requests of a celebrity. One tweeted: “That means if it is an important person they are willing to change their laws rooted in religion. Interesting”.

Cristiano Ronaldo will start activities at the new club on January 22. During his presentation to the media, the player stated that he decided to emigrate to the Middle East because he had already achieved all of his goals in Europe.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Press conference organized for his official presentation as a player of the Al-Nassr club. (Getty Images)

After signing the contract, the Portuguese star declared: “I am very proud to have made such an important decision for my life. My work in Europe is over. I won everything I set out to do and this is a new challenge.

“I am grateful that Al-Nassr has given me this opportunity,” Ronaldo continued. “Not only for soccer, but for the young generations. It is a challenge for me, but I am happy and very proud”.

Rudi García, manager of Al-Nassr, is delighted that ronaldo (often described as “the greatest of all time”, along with Argentine World Cup winner Lionel Messi) has taken such an important step towards the end of his career.

“It’s fabulous,” Garcia said. “Fabulous for us; for Al Nassr. Fabulous for Saudi Arabia. Cristiano Ronaldo is more than a player. He is one of the best soccer players in the world. The relevance that he gives to our club is incredible”.

“It is very easy to work with great champions. They know how to blend into the team. I saw him joking and laughing with pleasure with his new companions. Although he couldn’t play, he joined us in the last game. He stayed in the dressing room, doing spinning”, revealed the manager. No.


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