AGENCIES, Milan: Reports emerged on Sunday that Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took a big philanthropic move by turning his hotels into temporary hospitals where people infected with coronavirus can go to seek treatment and quarantine.
Spanish publication Marca carried this news and said that the treatment would be done free of cost. This news was applauded greatly by his fans and netizens in general. Milan based prominent sports journalist Adriano Del Monte even tweeted about this.
What a man. pic.twitter.com/wB7paLD9Lv
— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) March 15, 2020
But later news emerged that this news is false. Ronaldo’s Lisbon hotel has denied this. A statement from the hotel reads, “We are a hotel. We are not going to be a hospital. It is a day like everyone else, we are and will remain a hotel. We are being phoned by the press. I wish you a nice day,” according to goal.com.
The Juventus forward posted on Instagram, quelling doubts and calming his fans. He wrote, “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world. It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests. I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my team-mate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to save others.”
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His rival Lionel Messi is under self-quarantine in his Barcelona home, like all Barcelona players. There’s a gym, football pitch and swimming pool at his house, so he will be able to practice and stay fit.