- Ronaldo wins federation tender
- 'City of Padel' to be built near Lisbon
- Al-Nassr star fan of growing sport
WHAT HAPPENED? The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was awarded the contract to build the new 'City of Padel' by the Portuguese Padel Federation. Oeiras, a coastal town just outside Lisbon, is the chosen site for the venue, which will be capable of hosting international competitions. Ronaldo's company 'CR7' is set to invest €5 million (£4.3m/$5.4m) in the project.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Ronaldo is a confirmed fan of the fast-paced sport which has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years. A racket sport played using the same scoring system as tennis, padel differs in that it is played only in a doubles format in a walled court using smaller, stringless rackets.
WHAT THEY SAID?: The president of the Portuguese Padel Federation, Ricardo Oliveira, was delighted with the agreement: "It's a dream come true," he said. "We couldn't have better partners. A great businessman and the best sportsman in the world. We can say, with total certainty, that the facilities will be unparalleled. This will consolidate Portugal as an international padel power".
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WHAT NEXT FOR RONALDO? It will be back to business on the field when Ronaldo's Al-Nassr take on Al-Raed on Saturday in the Saudi Pro League.