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It may be a city which is fairly blasé about its nu­mer­ous celebrity vis­i­tors – every­one from Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch to An­thony Joshua and Rio Fer­di­nand were here to usher in 2019 – but it seems every­one, even roy­als, were ex­cited when foot­balling ge­nius Cris­tiano Ron­aldo came to cel­e­brate the new year in Dubai.

And the Ju­ven­tus striker made sure he en­joyed the good life dur­ing his trip, char­ter­ing a yacht to take in the view of the Burj Al Arab from the Ara­bian Sea and get­ting a bird’s eye view of the emi­rate from a he­li­copter.

But the photo that caused the biggest stir was when the 33-year-old was pic­tured with the Crown Prince.

Cris­tiano shared a snap of the duo hav­ing a “great time to­gether” with his 150 mil­lion fol­low­ers as the Royal also shared his own im­age with the fa­ther-of-four cap­tioned: ‘A great player and a greater friend.’


The Por­tuguese player was in the coun­try with his fam­ily, who made sure they took in some lo­cal cul­ture whilst they were here.

Whilst Cris­tiano was the big draw at the Globe Soc­cer Awards held at the Mad­i­nat Jumeirah, where he picked up the cov­eted Player of the Year prize, his 24-year-old Span­ish other half headed into the desert to learn more about fal­conry and even took in a camel ride.

It was ob­vi­ously a fan­tas­tic trip, even for a fam­ily used to a lav­ish life­style as Span­ish sen­sa­tion who has over 8 mil­lion fol­low­ers wrote on In­sta­gram: “Thank you all for your treat­ment and hos­pi­tal­ity in Dubai dur­ing our won­der­ful stay here.”

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