CRISTIANO RONALDO took a break from the Premier League to compete with Premier Inn earlier this year… by opening his FIFTH hotel.
The wantaway Manchester United superstar already operated plush properties in Lisbon, Madrid, New York and his home island Madeira.
Portugal legend Ronaldo has now launched the Pestana CR7 Lifestyle hotel in Moroccan city Marrakech – which has already been put up for a prestigious gong.
CR7’s latest venture has been nominated for Africa’s Leading New Hotel 2022 at the World Travel Awards.
The luxury facility boasts 174 rooms, a spa, business centre, pool and gym.
Rooms cost from £158 to £372 a night.
The rooftop with a pool offers panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains.
Ronaldo is known for his impressively healthy appetite and guests can eat like CR7.
Guests can enjoy a pool menu “focused on healthy foods and drinks.”
Ronaldo, 37, said: “When I opened the first hotel with the Pestana Group in 2016, our ambition was to create an international brand.
“Since that first milestone in Madeira, our home, followed by the Lisbon hotel, we have already expanded to Madrid and New York.
“Opening this hotel in Marrakech takes us to the fifth city.
“But more than just a number, it represents my connection to a country that I am passionate about, and where I am always made to feel most welcome.”
Pestana Group president Dionisio Pestana said: “The partnership between the Pestana Hotel Group and Cristiano Ronaldo enters a new chapter, with the first hotel in Africa.
“A continent where the group began its internationalisation more than 20 years ago.
“And where there is a true and unconditional passion for football, where Cristiano is an expert.”
A hotel spokesman added: “A dream turned reality.
“More than just a hotel, it is an unforgettable experience in the exotic atmosphere of one of Africa’s most emblematic cities.”