The case of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested positive for Corona, continues to make waves: Shouldn’t CR7 have been allowed to fly to the national team and also not back to his villa in Turin? At least that’s what the Italian Minister of Sport thinks. The infections in Serie A are increasing.
The Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has accused Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested positive for Corona, for not following the official instructions of the health authorities. The five-time world footballer in the service of Juventus Turin flew to the Portuguese national team and from there back to Turin without official approval, Spadafora said in an interview with Rai Radio 1. “I think so,” he said when asked if Ronaldo was doing it despite him Corona quarantine violated the applicable regulations of the authorities.
So maybe Ronaldo was positive even before leaving? For Portugal coach Fernando Santos, the infection of the 35-year-old was definitely a big mystery. “We’ve been completely locked in here since Monday. The staff and players came in and nobody else,” he said. The other national players had all tested negative.
“He’s fine. I spoke to him, he was enjoying the sun,” Juve team-mate Giorgio Chiellin reported on CR7 on Wednesday. The five-time world footballer had left the Portuguese national team’s training camp and returned to Turin – despite the obligation to quarantine. The Juventus striker had received the green light from local health authorities to quarantine at his villa in Turin, according to Italian media.
“It is important that security protocols are respected.”
The 35-year-old shows no symptoms of the disease, he is doing well, the Portuguese association said. Meanwhile, the gazettes also brought the circumstances of Ronaldo’s illness into focus. “La Repubblica” wrote of CR7, the “football king who whistled on protocol and isolation”. The daily newspaper refers to the previous week. Despite positive tests by two Juve team supervisors, the striker had left the quarantine and had traveled to the national team.
Ronaldo, who has to be in quarantine for at least ten days, is not only missing for the Portuguese in the Nations League against Sweden in the evening. The Champions League opener with Juventus also falls flat for him, the reunion with FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi is in danger. If the attacker wants to be on the field against his arch-rival on October 28th, he needs a negative test result seven days before kick-off, according to UEFA specifications.