Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a new hotel venture that the footballing superstar says will be an important aspect of his life following retirement from a distinguished playing career, 90min reports.
After failing to inspire Madrid to a victory over Eibar in a frustrating 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo flew back to his native Portugal to officially open the Pestana CR7 Lisboa hotel.
Speaking at the launch, Ronaldo insisted that he is keen to pursue several business ventures outside of football but hinted that he may have almost ten years left of playing.
“Life is not just about football,” Ronaldo told A Bola.
“Although football is my grand passion, I must start to think about the future. I don’t have many years left, about 10 more or less, so I must look to the future.”
Ronaldo’s hotel is a luxurious 82-room establishment with rooms costing upwards of £200-a-night, with €1,250 the going price for a stay at the rooftop CR7 suite, which comes fully equipped with a 48″ HD TV, PlayStation 4 with virtual reality glasses & games, and cardio work-out equipment (because everyone exercises when they stay at hotels).
“The CR7 experience begins as soon as guests step in the lobby from the animated screens in the lifts that explore Cristiano Ronaldo’s life story to the surround sound sensors in the staircases which project the sounds of cheering fans in a football stadium,” the blurb reads.
“In the rooms, the world of sports continues with a detailed sequence of seven footsteps on the carpets that replicated the real sprint of Ronaldo.
“When I was young I had the dream of having my own hotel,” the ex-Sporting Lisbon player added at the launch.
“Now I have two, and I am proud it is in Lisbon. I couldn’t not have a hotel in Lisbon, a city which is part of my history as I have played here.”