Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly ordering a £7million mansion to be built on the ‘Portuguese Riviera’ for his family to use when he retires.

The Manchester United forward, 36, has bought a large plot of land in Quinta da Marinha, Cascais, on the west coast of his home country Portugal, nicknamed the ‘Portuguese Riviera’ given its status as a prestigious, expensive area.

And reports claim Ronaldo is planning to settle down there with his family when he eventually hangs up his boots.

The Red Devils star splashed out on the most expensive flat ever sold in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, in 2020 – paying £6.5m for a state-of-the-art 3,100-square foot pad in Avenida da Liberdade with a gym and an indoor swimming pool.

That will be half an hour’s drive away from his new purchase in Cascais, with work just starting on building up the mansion for Ronaldo.

Newspaper Correio da Manha states it will be an investment and considered part of the player’s property empire, while magazine TV 7 Dias claim Ronaldo is planning to use it as a family home.

What they called a ‘future neighbour’ said to the magazine: ‘The land was fenced off recently and it was purchased by Ronaldo.

‘This is where he’s coming to live with his family when he finishes his career. Everyone round here knows it and of course we’re happy. Ronaldo is Ronaldo.’

The former Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid and Juventus star also owns properties including a seven-storey apartment block in Funchal, Madeira, where his mother Dolores, 66, and brother Hugo live after he bought it two years ago.

Ronaldo, along with partner Georgina Rodriguez and his four children, also owns a luxury villa in Turin, Italy from his time at Juventus, as well as a £4.8million mansion on a gated fortress estate called La Finca close to Madrid.

The 36-year-old is now at the age when footballers tend to retire, but upon signing for United, doctors apparently told him he had the body of a 26-year-old, suggesting he may be able to play on at the highest level for several years yet.

He has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season for Ralf Rangnick’s side.