Cristiano Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and one of the world's most recognizable footballers, is reportedly having difficulties finding a chef to meet the exacting culinary demands of him and his family at the £17 million mansion he is building on the Portuguese Riviera.
The mansion, which is expected to be completed in June, has been dubbed Ronaldo's "forever home" and will likely be the main residence for him and his family once he retires from football.
Exacting Culinary Demands
According to the Portuguese magazine Correio da Manha, the challenge lies in the specific culinary requirements of Ronaldo and his partner Georgina.
The couple is seeking a chef who is proficient in preparing traditional Portuguese dishes, as well as international cuisine, including sushi. Ronaldo is said to have designed a "special" kitchen in the mansion specifically for the preparation of Japanese specialties.
The footballer's reputation for being demanding in his food preferences has reportedly deterred many chefs from applying for the position.
The construction of the mansion is expected to be completed in June, and Ronaldo plans to move into it with his family after his contract with Al Nassr expires.
The luxurious apartment in Riyadh, where the family currently resides, comes with a hefty price tag of €3,700 per night. Ronaldo recently announced that he had turned down offers from many clubs when he was presented as Al Nassr's new signing earlier this month, stating "I'm so proud to make this big decision in my life.
In Europe, my work is done. I won everything and played for the most important clubs in Europe. This is a new challenge." In a 2015 interview with Jonathan Ross, Ronaldo had previously stated, "I want to finish at the top level.
I want to finish with dignity, so in a good club. It doesn't mean that to go to USA, Qatar or Dubai is not good but I don't see myself." When asked by Ross, "You wouldn't want that for you?" the striker replied, "No."
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