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Saudi Arabia reportedly set to bend its law to allow Ronaldo to live with partner, Georgina Rodríguez

Reports suggest that Cristiano Ronaldo could be exempt from the law which prohibits unmarried cohabitation.

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Reports suggest that Cristiano Ronaldo could be exempt from the law which prohibits unmarried cohabitation.
FAYEZ NURELDINEAFP

It has been reported that Saudi Arabia are set to bend their laws to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to live with his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, something which is currently forbidden for normal people to do. Unmarried couples are not allowed to cohabit in Saudi Arabia; it helps, then, to be the most marketable living asset in the country.

Ronaldo’s long-awaited, post-Manchester United move was confirmed as Al-Nassr and since then the Portuguese forward has dominated the news across the world, as well as creating Ronaldomania in Saudi Arabia, where a shirt with the famous number 7 (but did he steal it?) on the back is an instant, albeit slightly expensive, must-have.

He will serve a suspension he picked up during his time at Manchester United which means that fans with their new shirts will have to wait to see the 37 year-old in action on the pitch, but demand for Ronaldo content goes much further than his football: the questions regarding his new lifestyle were floated after his move was confirmed by the club and Ronaldo himself, now the highest paid player in the world, as to whether or not his lavish way of living could continue in exactly the same was he enjoyed in Europe, given the various cultural differences.

Will there be any repercussions for Ronaldo breaking the law?

The Saudi Arabia government will reportedly turn a blind eye to the couple living together without being married, according to EFE, a Spanish news agency. “Although the laws still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have begun to turn a blind eye and do not persecute anyone. Of course, these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime,” one lawyer said in the report.

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