Cristiano Ronaldo has already started thinking about his next step after admitting he can’t play out his role as an elite real Madrid superstar forever.
The 30-year-old forward is expected to leave Real at the end of this season and has big plans in place for his future, having conceded that ‘life won’t always be like this’.
On Thursday, Ronaldo unveiled his biggest non-football career project yet, a £54million range of ‘CR7? hotels in three cities linked to his career – Funchal, Lisbon and Madrid – and another that he has been linked with a future move to – New York.
And the Portuguese star made it clear that the partnership with his country’s Pestana Hotel Group was the next step into preparing for life after his peak.
“My job is to play football, but life won’t always be like this,” Ronaldo said.
“I have to dedicate myself to this new project and I have the best team in the world around me. “I am young but I feel very fulfilled so this project is exciting for me. I’m thinking about my future, and my son and my family.”
Earlier, Ronaldo had poured cold water on talk of a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer by admitting he preferred Madrid as a city. The French capital is not one of the locations targeted in his new career move, but instead chooses to focus mainly on areas key to his upbringing and career. The first hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2016, in Madeira, where Ronaldo was born.
It will be followed by Lisbon – where he moved as a youngster and played for Sporting Lisbon – in late 2016. A Madrid site is due for launch in 2017.