Portugal spends a hefty budget of S$52,000 per day for VIP care for its team. (futbolita.com)
By Ryan Bailey
Portugal is one of many European nations currently facing economic crisis, but the Portuguese Football Federation has somehow been granted a hefty budget of €33,000 ($42,000) per day to keep the squad accommodated in the same hotel that France are using (and where Franck Ribery probably sleeps in his special alone-time sauna machine).
To put this budget in perspective, Futbolita note that their debt-laden neighbours in Spain are operating on just €4,000 ($5,000) a day.
The Real Madrid striker has two unique bodyguards to ensure total peace of mind, and has the privilege of being the only national team player who stays in his own hotel suite.
The disparity of treatment between C-Ron and the rest of the squad could easily be a source of conflict in the camp, but if the star winger is kept in luxurious isolation, at least none of his teammates will hear his whimpers when rival fans chant Messi's name from the streets below.