Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez 'will live together in Saudi despite ... trends now

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez 'will live together in Saudi despite ... trends now
Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez 'will live together in Saudi despite ... trends now

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez 'will live together in Saudi despite ... trends now

Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez will be permitted to live together in Saudi Arabia in spite of the Kingdom's laws which prevent unmarried couples from co-habiting.

The 37-year-old star striker joined Saudi club Al Nassr on a two-and-a-half-year deal believed to be worth around £175 million per year, and was officially unveiled to supporters in a grand ceremony on Tuesday. 

Argentine-born Spanish model Rodriguez, who accompanied Ronaldo at the unveiling, will also move to Riyadh along with Ronaldo's five children, of which two are her own.

The pair have never married, and with Saudi's Islamic laws strictly prohibiting 'cohabitation without a marriage contract' it was unclear how the family would remain together.

But authorities are said to be turning a blind eye, allowing Rodriguez and Ronaldo to live under one roof given the star power that the footballer brings, two Saudi lawyers told Spanish press.  

Cristiano Ronaldo accompanied by his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, greet the crowd during the official unveiling of Cristiano Ronaldo as an Al Nassr player at Mrsool Park Stadium on January 3, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo accompanied by his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, greet the crowd during the official unveiling of Cristiano Ronaldo as an Al Nassr player at Mrsool Park Stadium on January 3, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Rodriguez looks on as Ronaldo waves to a stadium full of cheering fans at his unveiling in Riyadh

Rodriguez looks on as Ronaldo waves to a stadium full of cheering fans at his unveiling in Riyadh

A handout picture released by Saudi Arabia's al-Nassr football club shows Al-Nassr's new Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) alongside his partner Georgina Rodriguez (C-R) and their children greeting the crowd during his unveiling at the Mrsool Park Stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh on January 3, 2023

A handout picture released by Saudi Arabia's al-Nassr football club shows Al-Nassr's new Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) alongside his partner Georgina Rodriguez (C-R) and their children greeting the crowd during his unveiling at the Mrsool Park Stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh on January 3, 2023

'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.'

The next problem facing the couple is Rodriguez' visa. 

She will not receive a visa automatically through marriage, and Saudi employment laws decree that 'any woman who obtains an entry visa to the kingdom be the wife, worker or first-degree relative of a man residing in the Kingdom', according to one of the lawyers who spoke to EFE. 

The lawyers posited that football club Al Nassr could personally sponsor the model's visa, with the alternative of Rodriguez obtaining a one-year tourist visa, though this would expire long before the end of Ronaldo's contract.

MailOnline has approached Ronaldo's representatives for comment. 

Ronaldo and Rodriguez, who have been together since 2016, are parents to a nine-month-old daughter Bella, five-year-old Alana Martina and are also raising Cristiano's near-five-year-old twins Eva and Mateo born to a surrogate mother and the football pro's 12-year-old son Cristiano Jr.  

Although their permanent living arrangements have not yet been finalised, Ronaldo wasted little time assuring the pair were royally received, securing a luxury suite in the Kingdom Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the country at 99 floors. 

Georgina Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo attend the MTV EMAs 2019 at FIBES Conference and Exhibition Centre on November 03, 2019 in Seville, Spain

Georgina Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo attend the MTV EMAs 2019 at FIBES Conference and Exhibition

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