Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘take on’ Class of ’92 as he looks to expand hotel empire

Ronaldo already has a number of his own brand of Pestana CR7 hotels worldwide, including in New York, Lisbon and Madrid, with Manchester now the next location in his sights

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to go head-to-head with the Class of ’92 upon his return to Manchester as he looks to expand his portfolio of hotels.

The 36-year-old is close to completing his transfer back to Manchester United from Juventus and move back to the city where he spent six years previously.

His ex-United teammates including Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have had success with their own hotels in the city and Ronaldo now is now keen to rival them within the next 18 months.

Neville and co. opened Hotel Football in 2015 and have since added the Stock Exchange Hotel to their empire.

Ronaldo already has a string of hotels in various cities including this one in Lisbon



Ronaldo already has several of his Pestana CR7 hotels in various cities across the world, including his hometown of Funchal in his native Madeira, Portugal’s capital Lisbon, as well as Madrid and New York.

He is also set to open more in Marrakech and Paris, with Manchester next on his radar.

According to The Sun , Ronaldo wants his new property in Manchester to open in 2023.

The striker is said to have been impressed by the progress his former United colleagues have had in the UK leisure industry and sees plenty of potential for his business to grow further.

He is even planning to open more properties in Manchester once the first one is open to the public.

Manchester city council have already given Ronaldo the green light to build his first hotel, which is to include a rooftop bar that overlooks the Piccadilly Gardens district.

The luxury hotel will boast 150 rooms and is set to cost around £27million to build.

Ronaldo is poised to sign a two-year deal at Old Trafford and become the club’s top earner on a staggering £385,000 per week.

That is still a significant reduction on his £500,000-per-week salary at Juventus.

His agent Jorge Mendes demanded a package worth £20m a year to his client – an annual drop of £6m to what he has been taking home in Serie A.

Ronaldo’s return has already made a huge impact on United’s commercial value, after the club’s share price rocketed by almost 7% at one stage on Friday – equating to around £212million.

Ronaldo at the opening of his Lisbon property with his sights now set on more hotels



United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the acquisition of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner when speaking ahead of the clash with Wolves on Sunday.

“Of course the fans have been excited for the last couple of days, we all are of course,” Solskjaer said.

“He has had such a great career and he has been here before. Hopefully we can just finalise the paperwork and announce it.

“He is going to give everybody a boost, of course. I played with him, he’s a great player, he is a top human being, he is a top professional, so he will give everybody in the squad and everybody around the club a buzz.”

Providing the deal is completed as expected, Ronaldo could make his debut in United’s next clash against Newcastle, following the international break.

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