Image: Cristiano Ronaldo at the launch of his hotel investment.
Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo recently launched his luxury hotels located in Madeira and Lisbon–referred to as Boutique hotels. The player may have started out small but he sure has quality taste for everything he lays hand on.
Ronaldo is building a business empire that includes: an underwear clothing line, shirts, shoes and now, exotic hotels.
Way back in November, 2015 he tweeted:
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 17, 2015
Picture shows C. Ronaldo and Dionísio Pestana ( owner and chairman of Pestana Hotel Group).
It’s understandable if you’re worrying how on earth he would have had time to shuttle between New York to Lisbon while playing for Real Madrid. The super striker knows it’ll be stressful and that notwithstanding, he has little knowledge of architecture.
His only pain should have been ‘cash for the projects’ but for a player whose annual earnings stand at $79 million with a net worth of $3.25 billion, money ain’t a thing.
CR7 is said to have mapped out a total of $40 million for the giant projects expected to be completed in Madrid (on the Grand Via), New York (near Times Square), Lisbon (where he started his professional football career) and Madeira (very close to his sports museum and facing the Cruise Harbor).
The Portuguese football star had this to say before the recent launch of CR7 Hotels in Madeira, Portugal: “My job is to play football, but life won’t always be like this. 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.
“The first hotel will be in Madeira and I want to be at the opening of all of them.”
He continued: “I’m very happy with Madeira and in Madrid, where I play, so it makes a lot of sense. I’m extremely happy because this is the biggest project in my life and it’s completely different to what I do.
“We were considering only one hotel originally, so to start with four locations is a big kick-off! It’s like playing for the first time and suddenly scoring lots of goals,” he added.
Reports confirm CR7 is in partnership with Portugal’s Pestana Hotels Group for the project.
Dionísio Pestana is a long-time friend of the player, having lived in Madeira in their early childhood years. So the relationship they share is believed to be the bedrock of this business partnership borne out of true friendship and mutual trust.
Image shows Madeira island located southwest of Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo’s hometown where the first CR7 Hotels project started.
Images from the CR7 Hotels in Madeira, Portugal.
Image shows lobby area of the CR7 Hotels in Madeira.
Image: Lobby social area of the CR7 Hotels.
Image shows Cristiano Ronaldo’s private suite at the hotel.
Image from the private suite.
Image from Ronaldo’s private suite at the CR7 Hotels located in Madeira, Portugal.
With the launch of the player’s hotels in Madeira last week, his Lisbon project is expected to open in August whilst New York will wait until 2017.
Image shows location of CR7’s hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Lisbon business outfit is expected to open later this summer. It is located near the water and has 82 rooms and 1 Ronaldo CR7 suite–a commander should always have at least, one suite to himself.
Here’s an interview with Cr7, as reported by CNTraveler:
Why did you want to create a hotel brand now?
I’d dreamt of owning a hotel for quite a while, and the opportunity happened quite naturally, as a result of my relationship with the owner and chairman of the Pestana Hotel Group, Dionísio Pestana.
He built the largest international hotel brand of Portuguese origin, starting with his first hotel on my home island of Madeira.
We met a few years ago, and we gradually converted a mutual admiration into a business project that is meaningful for both of us. From our initial hotel, we’re now launching a proper hotel brand with four units and I couldn’t be more excited.
How will the hotels be an extension of your lifestyle and your CR7 fashion brand?
I wouldn’t have it any other way. The CR7 brand is a reflection of who I am, my drive, and my values.
The four hotels will be unique and different but will all mirror various aspects of my lifestyle.
To that, we’re adding the Pestana Hotel Group’s more than 40 years of expertise in the hospitality industry.
What are you most excited about at the first hotel, in Funchal? How do you feel about having a hotel in your hometown? Why was it important to you to have that be the place to start the brand?
It’s wonderful to kick off with the first hotel in my hometown. It’s a dream come true, and I’m certain it’ll be a very solid first step, since Madeira is a fabulous, growing tourist destination — it recently got elected the World’s Leading Island Destination [at the 2015 World Travel Awards].
It’s where my roots are and where I chose to have my museum too, right next to the new hotel.
What should Americans look forward to about the New York City hotel?
It’ll be a hip, contemporary hotel in a great location, and will become New York’s new hotspot.
What do you like about staying in hotels?
Being a millennial I can’t imagine life without free Wifi. I enjoy trendy atmospheres, with vibrant social life and a cool vibe. All features you’ll soon find at our hotels too.
Is there any truth to the rumors that you’ve bought a home in New York City’s Trump Tower and might be moving there? Do you plan to spend more time in the city?
I love New York. It’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the world, but there is no truth in those rumors—as there is no accuracy about our purchase of another hotel in Monaco. We’re starting with four hotels, and the New York one is due to open in 2017.
I intend to be there for the opening with a great party and to spend time with my family and friends at our hotel, but my life and career are centered in Spain for the next years.
More pictures from the CR7 Hotels: