Rabat - The city of Marrakech is the chosen destination for some of the world’s most-acclaimed football stars to celebrate the end of the year festivities.
Rabat – The city of Marrakech is the chosen destination for some of the world’s most-acclaimed football stars to celebrate the end of the year festivities.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian international Neymar da Silva Jr, and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be in the “Red City” to welcome the New Year.
Ronaldo will stay in the royal suite of the city’s luxury hotel “The Pearl Marrakech” in the Hivernage neighborhood, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
The Real Madrid striker has chosen the five-star hotel during his previous visits to the southern Moroccan city. According to the same source, the former Portuguese star pays MAD 35,000 (€ 3,200) per night for his royal suite at “The Pearl.”
Ronaldo will be accompanied by his teammate at Real Madrid Karim Benzema, and his friend, Moroccan Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari, the daily said citing trusted sources.
Cristiano enjoyed a weekend in Marrakech in the beginning of October to celebrate Portugal’s Euro 2016 classification.
He was photographed with the Moroccan boxer at night clubs, resort pools, with fans, and even at a traditional Moroccan dinner. Ronaldo was so happy and grateful that he even tweeted his first message ever in Arabic.
Spanish national Pep Guardiola, who got married to his longtime girlfriend Cristina in Marrakech in May 2014, will return to Morocco’s top travel destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Marrakech seems to be a town of joy for Guardiola who won the FIFA Club World Cup after Bayern Munich defeated the Moroccan Raja Casablanca Sport Club (2/0) in Marrakech in December 2013.
According to the same source, Brazilian and Barcelona striker Neymar Da Silva will also arrive in the “Red City” to say good-bye to 2015.
Marrakech is considered the tourist capital of Morocco, and has become the favorite destination for high-profile athletes and the rich and famous.
Many football players have fallen for Morocco’s charm. Last October, some of the world’s top football legends have visited the country, including Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, and Diego Maradona.
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho visited Agadir at the end of October to play in a gala match to honor former Moroccan player Mustapha Hadji’s.
French former star and current coach for Real Madrid B team Zinedine Zidane visited Marrakech at the end October as well to deliver gold medals to the Moroccan national youth team in its first ever Danone Nations Cup.
Argentina’s football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, visited Morocco to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Green March. The superstar participated in a ‘gala match’ for charity, alongside other international football legends.
Maradona visited Marrakech and Laâyoune during his four-day trip. He is expected back in Morocco to visit Agadir after receiving an invitation from the city’s governor.