Ronaldo opens own ‘CR7’ hotel, gives name to airport

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Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (second left) applauds beside his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. in front of the owner and chairman of Pestana Hotel Group, Dionisio Pestana (second right) and the regional president of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque (right) during the opening of the Pestana CR7 Hotel in Funchal, on Madeira island on Saturday. AFP PHOTO

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (second left) applauds beside his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. in front of the owner and chairman of Pestana Hotel Group, Dionisio Pestana (second right) and the regional president of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque (right) during the opening of the Pestana CR7 Hotel in Funchal, on Madeira island on Saturday. AFP PHOTO

FUNCHAL, Portugal: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo inaugurated his own hotel on Friday (Saturday in Manila) called “CR7” after his initials and shirt number, while the airport on his home island of Funchal was renamed in his honor.

Just two weeks after leading Portugal to the Euro 2016 title in France, the national team skipper appeared on a terrace of the red-colored building overlooking the sea, wearing a white baseball cap.

“It’s a little strange. I never could have imagined that I would be a hotelier at the age of 31,” said Ronaldo of his hotel, which opened for business on July 1.

Meanwhile, the president of the Madeira region, Miguel Albuquerque, said that the local airport would be named in Ronaldo’s honor.


On Saturday, Ronaldo will visit his new museum, which is situated on the ground floor of his hotel.

A second “CR7” hotel is due to open in Lisbon later this year with two others planned in Madrid and New York in 2017.

AFP

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