Cristiano Ronaldo, still off-duty for Real Madrid, has boarded a Nike-owned private jet to China.
But hold up! He will first make a stop at Singapore for a one-day visit on Friday. The Portuguese football icon will be signing a major endorsement deal with Mint Media, which is owned by his friend Peter Lim. Having announced his trip to China on Sunday, Ronaldo will then head to Shangai on July 22 and, subsequently, Beijing on July 23.
As part of his ambassadorial duties for his biggest sponsor, Nike, the Real Madrid superstar is expected to show up at the blockbuster game in the Chinese Super League between Shangai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrade at the Shangai Stadium.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 15, 2017
There, Cristiano will meet, greet and share Nike souvenirs among the players from both sides, 15 minutes prior to kickoff. The Best FIFA Men’s Player of The Year will then take his seat and watch as the match proceeds. According to China.org.cn, tickets for the CSL match-up are no longer available to purchase from the official issuers.
Third-party outlets are now in possession of the merchandise and are charging more than three times the initial prices of the tickets. Tickets which sold at about $12 now go for $37 upon news of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival emerged.