Brazilian striker Ronaldo is giving his
fiancee a romantic St. Valentine's day present -- a lavish engagement
party at a sumptuous and secluded castle outside Paris with about 250
The Real Madrid player has reportedly invited team mates Zinedine Zidane,
David Beckham and Raul to Monday's party at Chantilly chateau just north
of Paris and is flying them in by private jet.
Brazilian media put the estimated cost at around 700,000 euros
($900,200), although they say the couple could earn 400,000 euros by
selling exclusive photo rights to Spanish magazine Hola!.
Although it has been billed as a wedding, Ronaldo, 28, cannot marry
23-year-old Brazilian model Daniella Cicarelli until he has been
divorced for a full year from his first wife, Milene Domingues, his
agent has said.
The Chantilly municipality and Brazilian consulate in Paris said they
have received no papers from the couple and no requests to register a
wedding on Monday evening.
"It has been a month now that we have been talking about an engagement
celebration and not an official marriage," David Espinar, Ronaldo's
agent, said by telephone from Madrid.
Espinar said Ronaldo's divorce was just about finalised but Spanish law
prevented him from marrying again for a year.
Espinar said Ronaldo would arrive on Sunday evening, after Real's league
match against Osasuna, or on Monday morning.
Media are banned from the event and security personnel will be on the
lookout for cellphones with built-in cameras.
The flower arrangements alone cost 70,000 euros and the hire of the
castle 20,000 euros, according to Brazilian media. British DJ Fat Boy
Slim is expected to perform during the party.
Media reports said Ronaldo will fly in 22 of his relatives from Brazil
along with 17 of his Real Madrid team mates, although their names have
not been announced.
The former Footballer of the Year married his previous wife Milene in
December 1999. Their son Ronald was born six months later. They
announced their separation in November 2003.