Messi recently added the Seasun Fona Hotel to his hotel portfolio, which sits alongside his upscale MiM Ibiza Es Vive. But Ronaldo owns modern budget hotels in Madeira and Lisbon, with more to come. So who’s the better hotelier?
Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo know a shrewd business move when they see one.
Off the pitch, the pair have various business interests, including fashion lines, museums and in the case of the Barcelona star, a purported Chinese theme park
But it’s hotels the two, who have won the Ballon d’Or five times each, just can’t stop collecting, just like they’re playing a game of Monopoly.
Messi, 31, recently bought the Seasun Fona in S’Illot, Majorca to add to his hotel portfolio that includes spots in Ibiza and Barcelona.
While Ronaldo, 34, went down the budget route, establishing the Pestana CR7 hotel chain in his hometown of Madeira and Lisbon, both in Portugal.
There’s never been much between them on the pitch, and it’s just as close when it comes to being a better hotelier.
HOTEL MIM IBIZA ES VIVE
The jewel of Messi’s business empire, the Argentinian legend bought the 52-room luxury adults-only hotel in early 2018.
In fact, the stunning Art Deco style building, based just of off the beautiful Figueretas beach on the south eastern coast of the Balearic island was said to have been eyed up by Ronaldo before Messi swooped.
The £525-per-night resort was originally opened as a hostel in 2001, before it was renovated by British designer Sean Cochrane in 2014.
Hotel MiM Ibiza Es Vive boasts a stunning rooftop bar, and a majestic pool surrounded by comfortable sun loungers.