Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez will defy the stringent Saudi Arabian law by living together under the same roof despite being unmarried. Although it’s not possible for common people to get away with this, Ronaldo and his long-time partner will get a free pass.
Two lawyers from the Gulf nation shared their thoughts with the Spanish outlet EFA, and both agreed that the authority will ignore the infraction.
“Although the laws still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have started to turn a blind eye and do not prosecute anyone. Of course, these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime,” says one lawyer.
The other lawyer echoed the same, stating the law rarely interferes if couples are not from Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo is in a relationship with Rodriguez since 2016, and they are parents to Bella and Anna. In his recent interview with the British TV presenter, Ronaldo averred that he intends to marry her but it’s not their priority.
“I’m not thinking about it now, but I can see in the future that I think I deserve it, she deserves it. But it’s something that’s not in my plans now, but in the future, I do want to,” he says.
Last month, the Portuguese superstar completed a lucrative £175m-a-year move to Al- Nassr, after prematurely terminating his contract at his boyhood club Manchester United. Ronaldo received a warm reception in front of 25,000 fans at Mrsool Park, the
home stadium of Al-Nassr.
He also attended his first training session yesterday, but won’t be able to make his debut in Al-Nassr’s game against Al Ta’ee, because of the foreign player’s quota at the new club. As per Saudi football regulations, only eight foreign players are allowed per club, and Ronaldo was the ninth one for Al-Nassr. Unless the club offloads one player, Ronaldo won’t be registered.
Moreover, the ex-Real Madrid striker has also been dished a two-match ban by English Football Association for slapping an autistic fan in the stand after a match against Everton. Ronaldo later apologized for his action, and said, “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing.”