It's no secret that Portugal is a land of football and the birthplace of many famous players, including the famous Cristiano Ronaldo, who got his start in Lisbon! The city, already rich in cultural, natural and festive heritage, has become even more interesting since the football superstar left his mark here. Here are the most emblematic places in Lisbon to follow in Cristiano Ronaldo's footsteps!
✈️ Fly to Lisbon!Lisbon is a prime destination where sun and sea meet.
Originally from Madeira, an island renowned for its natural treasures, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Lisbon and Sporting Club de Portugal in 1997, aged just 11. His career took off in 2003, when he played against Manchester United in the inaugural match at the José Alvalade stadium. Having caught the eye of Manchester United's directors, he joined the English club a year later. For football fans, a visit to the stadium and its museum is a must. It's a great opportunity to (re)discover and remember the greatest moments of the green and white club since 1906. If possible during your stay, attend a match to soak up the atmosphere. You won't be disappointed. A stone's throw from the stadium is the Lisbon Museum, an equally interesting cultural venue.
There is another club inLisbon. Although Cristiano Ronaldo didn't play there, visitors can still go to the Estadio de la Luz, home of Benfica, Sporting's historic rival.
📍 Location: Rua Professor Fernando da Fonseca, 1600-616 Lisboa, Portugal
⏰ Times: Every day except Monday, with visits at 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
👉 Duration: 1 hour
👛 Price: 14 euros for adults, 7 euros for children aged 7 to 13 and seniors over 65
Relaxing in Parc Edouard VII, the symbolic site of the footballer's adolescence
When he arrived in Lisbon, the young 'CR7' lived in the Dom José residence, at 79 avenue Duque de Loulé, near the Marquis de Pombal square, in the centre of the Portuguese capital. It's easy to stroll through the streets of this friendly neighbourhood before reaching Parc Edouard VII, just a few minutes away on foot. A quiet, leafy spot with magnificent views over the city. There's no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo must have spent several hours there as a teenager.
Spend a night in a hotel in your name
Cristiano Ronaldo is much more than a footballer. The proof is in the pudding: in 2016, he invested over €37 million in the Pestana hotel group and opened a 4-star hotel branded "CR7". Located in the historic Baixa district, it has 82 rooms, as well as a restaurant and bar called the "CR7 corner". Guests can enjoy a range of cocktails designed by experienced mixologists.