The body of hairdresser and Madeira native Ricardo Marques Ferreira who revealed that Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo was one of his key clients was discovered by Zurich police late on Friday night with multiple stab wounds to his upper body report Portuguese daily Correio da Manhã.
A Brazilian man was later detained by Swiss police who is said to be allegedly linked with the crime.
The Zurich Forensic Institute confirmed in a statement, "A 39-year-old Brazilian was arrested by regional police investigators at his place of residence and taken to the relevant prosecutor's office. The background and motive of the crime are subject to ongoing investigation."
Portugal - Homem de 39 anos detido pelo homicídio do cabeleireiro de Cristiano Ronaldo https://t.co/7mAwywHgN7— Correio da Manhã (@cmjornal) November 3, 2019
Ferreira had been living in Switzerland for the past two years and was the personal hairdresser for a number of high profile celebrities including Cristiano Ronaldo and several Portuguese models and actresses including Isabel Angelino, Liliana Campos and Fatima Lopes.
His death in such a way has caused shock-waves amongst the sizeable Portuguese community in the Swiss city.
Local reports said several guests had phoned reception hours before the grim discovery to complain about noise coming from the victim's room.
The scene the cleaner came across has been described as 'horrific', with reports the room he was in smelt intensely of alcohol.
The dead man, nicknamed Caju, had been living in Zurich for the past two years and had been staying at the hotel where he was killed for around a week.
There has been no reaction so far from Ronaldo to these reports. His agency Gestifute has been approached for comment.