Footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is planning to open a new luxury hotel in Manchester, The Sun reported.
Ronaldo, 35, has teamed up with Portuguese hotelier Pestana to launch the proposed ‘high-end lifestyle hotel’.
Plans have been submitted to Manchester Council for the development, which is to be delivered in partnership with property company Eastern Green Limited.
The hotel is due to open in 2023, subject to planning permission, according to the report.
And it will be the seventh of the chain’s ‘CR7’ branded hotels – named after the Portuguese captain’s initials and shirt number. Ronaldo already has hotel sites in his hometown of Funchal in Madeira and in Lisbon.
The hotel group announced: “It couldn’t be more appropriate – after all, this is the city where Cristiano Ronaldo started his international career in Man United back in 2003 and where he first used number 7.”
Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs – who both played with Ronaldo – own two hotels together in Manchester.
They first launched their successful ‘Hotel Football’ in the shadow of Old Trafford in 2015.
The £27m project would see the grade II listed Halls Building at 69-75 Piccadilly – home to The Piccadilly Tavern pub – redeveloped, while the empty building next door at number 67 will be demolished and replaced with a new 11-storey tower.
Together they would house a four-star hotel with 151 bedrooms, a ground floor bar and cafe, basement gym and roof terrace, according to plans lodged with the council.
More openings are expected to be on the way in New York, Madrid, Marrakech and Paris.