Greek City Times writes that famous Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn praise from many Christians after he made the sign of the cross following a goal. Ronaldo currently plays in the Saudi Pro League, a country where Christian symbols and public displays are illegal. Ronaldo is a practicing Roman Catholic.
The Saudi League paid the star player $220 million for a two-and-a-half-year contract. Ronaldo is considered by many to be one of the best players in the world.
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Ronaldo, 38, was born in Portugal. He signed a two-and-a-half-year deal worth an astronomical $220 million per season to play for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League. Throughout his lengthy career, he has taken the pitch for top European Champions League clubs Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. He has scored 18 goals in 24 matches this season
Although he has five children from multiple women and is not married to his current live-in girlfriend, Ronaldo told an Italian sports reporter in 2018 that he attends Mass regularly.
“I go every week to church. Every week. I am Catholic, and I go to thank God for what he gives me.”
When asked if he expects to get married, he replied, “I don’t know if it will happen in the future, but now, it is not in my plans.”
The Catholic Church teaches that opposite-sex persons who are not married but engage in sexual relations together partake in the sin of fornication. The Church also teaches that before receiving Communion, both individuals must confess their sin, amend their ways, and abstain from the Eucharist until being joined together in the sacrament of marriage, lest they unworthily drink judgment upon themselves.
The Saudi Arabian government reportedly has made an exception for Ronaldo’s family situation. Currently, Saudi laws prohibit the cohabitation of unmarried persons in the same house. However, civil authorities have “recently begun to turn a blind eye and no longer pursue anyone,” an unnamed lawyer told a Spanish press agency recently.