What are friends for! Cristiano Ronaldo ‘sells £2.3M secluded hillside mansion to Portugal team-mate Pepe… but the Juventus star loses £1.25m on the home he bought in 2012
- Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly sold his £2.3m mansion to team-mate Pepe
- The secluded property is hidden away in Portugal’s only national park
- Ronaldo’s generosity is highlighted in that he ‘took a £1.25m hit on the sale’
Cristiano Ronaldo has shown the lengths he will go to for close friends after he ‘took a £1.25million hit’ selling his Portuguese mansion to team-mate Pepe.
Hidden away by vast woodland and situated in Geres, the mansion – which includes a landing pad for a helicopter – was purchased for close to £3.5m seven years ago by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo (middle) has ‘sold his Portuguese mansion’ to team-mate Pepe (left)
The stunning property in Geres is hidden away from mainland by the picturesque woodland
An overhead aerial shot of the 800 square metres mansion shows the scale of the retreat
The Geres property boasts an area of around 800 square meters and includes a stunning view of the picturesque Cavado river.
According to Correio da Manha, the deal between Ronaldo and Pepe was said to have been agreed while the national team were closing in on lifting the inaugural UEFA Nations League title.
Pepe, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, is now back in his home country having joined Porto after leaving Turkish side Besiktas.
Ronaldo helped design the property and is reported to have taken a £1.25m hit on the sale
It boasts spectacular views across the Cavado river as shown by helicopter footage online
Geres has proved a popular destination for star names emerging from Portugal with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and notable football agent Mino Raiola owning property in the region.
Ronaldo takes property seriously away from the pitch and so he will no doubt be pleased to see a home he helped design go to a close friend and international team-mate.
The 34-year-old is currently easing his way back into action as Juventus continue to get minutes in the tank during pre-season.
Pressure will once again fall on the shoulders of Ronaldo this season as Juventus look to end their barren run in Europe’s top competition, stretching back to 1996 since they won the Champions League.
Changes are expected between now and the end of the transfer window to fine tune the squad and Sportsmail revealed exclusively on Wednesday that Ronaldo has given his approval for Romelu Lukaku to join from Manchester United.