Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez can live together as Saudi authorities ‘will turn a blind eye’ despite strict laws prohibiting unmarried couples from cohabiting

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez will be able to live together in Saudi Arabia, despite the country’s laws forbidding unmarried couples from doing so.

    The 37-year-old made his first appearance in an Al-Nassr shirt since his big money move in Tuesday’s unveiling.

    Ronaldo’s family joined him on the pitch in Riyad

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    Ronaldo’s family joined him on the pitch in Riyad

    He was joined on the pitch at Mrsool Park with his long-term partner Georgina and their children.

    Ronaldo has never been married, which seemed likely to pose a problem for him and Rodriguez with Saudi laws strictly prohibiting ‘cohabitation without a marriage contract’.

    However, Saudi lawyers have told Spanish international news agency EFE that authorities will ‘turn a blind eye’ to the superstar couple living together.

    An anonymous lawyer told EFE: “Although the laws of the kingdom still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have recently started to turn a blind eye and no longer prosecute anyone.

    “Although these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime.”

    Another lawyer added: “Nowadays Saudi authorities no longer interfere in this matter – for expatriates – even though the law prohibits cohabitation without marriage.”

    Rodriguez walked out with Ronaldo’s children at Mrsool Park

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    Rodriguez walked out with Ronaldo’s children at Mrsool Park

    Despite the allowances, Rodriguez, who is the mother of two of Ronaldo’s children, will still need a visa to live in the Gulf nation as she doesn’t automatically receive citizenship through marriage.

    The Argentine-Spanish model has been alongside Ronaldo for much of his recent career, and recently made headlines at the World Cup.

    Rodriguez hit out at Portugal manager Fernando Santos for dropping her partner after a disappointing group stage campaign in Qatar, and posted a number of messages on her Instagram account.

    She told her 44 million followers that Santos made the ‘wrong decision’ by benching the captain, and described him as the ‘best player in the world’.

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