Authorities to 'turn a blind eye' to Cristiano Ronaldo breaking strict Saudi law
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Saudi Arabian authorities are set to ‘turn a blind eye’ to Cristiano Ronaldo breaking the country’s strict law.
After weeks of speculation, it was announced last week that Ronaldo had signed for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
Earlier this week, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was unveiled to Al Nassr fans in spectacular style as thousands of fans gathered to get a glimpse of their new hero.
The Portugal superstar is set to live together with his partner Georgina Rodriguez despite the country’s law forbidding unmarried couples from 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.”
Upon signing for the club, Ronaldo spoke about his decision to turn away from European football for the Middle East.
He said in his press conference: “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 watched Al Nassr’s 2-0 win over Al Ta’ee on Friday on an exercise bike inside Mrsool Park as he is currently serving a two-match ban that was placed upon him during his time with Manchester United.
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