Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is likely to be let off the hook for living with partner Georgina Rodriguez in Saudi Arabia’ – despite the country’s laws forbidding non-married couples to live together
- Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled as an Al-Nassr player to much fanfare this week
- But, he and his partner are set to break the law by living together in Saudi Arabia
- Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez are together but not married
- Under Saudi laws, it is illegal to live in the same house without being married
- However, legal experts do not expect Ronaldo and Rodriguez to be punished
Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez will reportedly break the law in Saudi Arabia as it is illegal for non-married couples to live together – but they aren’t expected to be punished by authorities.
The 37-year-old joined Al-Nassr last month after his acrimonious exit from Manchester United and will reportedly earn £175m a year.
He was unveiled to fans on Tuesday when he was introduced as ‘the world’s greatest footballer’ in front of 25,000 raucous supporters at Mrsool Park in Riyadh, to a backdrop of fireworks, flares and strobe lighting.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez will reportedly break the law in Saudi Arabia as it is illegal for non-married couples to live together – but they are expected to be let-off
Ronaldo’s family were also on the pitch at his unveiling and Spanish outlet SPORT revealed that by living with Rodriguez, the pair will be breaking Saudi law.
The 37-year-old met Rodriguez while he played for Real Madrid back in 2016 and they have two children together – Bella and Alana.
Ronaldo also has three other children – Cristiano Jr. and Eva and Mateo – who are twins.
As Rodriguez and Ronaldo aren’t married yet, they would technically be in breach of Saudi law.
They met in 2016 but legal experts don’t expect the couple to be punished by Saudi authorities
But, SPORT’s report goes on to state, that according to EFE – a Spanish news agency – due to Ronaldo’s status as one of the most marketable athletes in the world, the Portuguese star is unlikely to be punished.
Quoting two separate Saudi lawyers, the legal professionals expected the relevant authorities to not become involved in Ronaldo’s situation.
One said: ‘Although the laws still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have begun to turn a blind eye and do not persecute anyone. Of course, these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime.’
Ronaldo was unveiled to Al-Nassr’s adoring fans at the club’s Mrsool Park on Tuesday evening
A second added: ‘The Saudi Arabian authorities, today, do not interfere in this matter [in the case of foreigners], but the law continues to prohibit cohabitation outside of marriage.’
Ronaldo had hoped to make his debut for his new club on Thursday night, but Sportsmail exclusively revealed how the 37-year-old is banned as he is yet to serve a two-match FA suspension for smashing an Everton fan’s phone last season.
Al-Nassr’s proposed game against Al Ta’i was then postponed anyway, owing to heavy rain causing electrical problems at their Mrsool Park stadium in Riyadh.
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