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Cristiano Ronaldo invests in future Portuguese Padel City

Padel City will be “unparalleled on a global scale,” federation boss says

Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the key investors involved in a project to construct Portugal’s future Padel City, a state-of-the-art infrastructure that is set to revolutionise the sport in the country.

The Portuguese Padel Federation has sealed a deal with a consortium led by Lusofinança, featuring Ronaldo as one of the main investors.

The ambitious Padel City project is expected to cost over €5 million and is slated for completion in the first half of 2025. It will be the largest facility of its kind in Portugal, and is being promoted as the start of a new era for the sport.

Ricardo Oliveira, President of the Portuguese Padel Federation, has expressed his excitement over the collaboration to complete the project.

Padel City has always been a long-standing dream, and I am immensely proud to be able to achieve it alongside someone whom I consider the greatest figure in the history of world sports, Cristiano Ronaldo. With the guarantee of excellence offered by the consortium formed by CR7, SA and Lusofinança, led by Filipe de Botton, a renowned entrepreneur in our country, we can now confidently state that this facility will be unparalleled on a global scale. It will solidify Portugal’s position as an international padel powerhouse,” Oliveira said this week.

As Observador newspaper has pointed out, the sport of padel has witnessed tremendous growth in Portugal in recent years, with new padel courts and centres popping up all over the country.

The Padel City in the Jamor area of Oeiras will feature a total of 17 courts (including 11 covered courts and a central court with seating), covering an area of 15,000 square metres. Additionally, supporting infrastructure will be built to facilitate training.

Ricardo Oliveira emphasised the significance of this development, stressing “this facility will be the hub for training, camps, and education for national teams, coaches, and referees. It will provide conditions for hosting international championships, including events from professional, global, European, and national circuits.”

By Michael Bruxo

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