Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been warned to respect the coronavirus lockdown rules in his home country of Portugal after the Juventus star was spotted training at Madeira’s national stadium recently.
The forward is currently in Portugal, where he arrived ahead of a widescale lockdown forced by the debilitating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has brought the entire sporting world to a standstill. However, since the lockdown in the southern European country, Ronaldo has looked to keep himself fit.
The 35-year-old’s regime has seen him get out of the house and make use of CD Nacional’s home ground in Funchal, a city in Madeira. The regional secretary of health in the province, Pedro Ramos, has consequently urged Ronaldo to set a good example for others when it comes to social distancing.
He told reporters: “Ronaldo has no special permission to train [but] has the right to train as long as he respects the rules like all citizens. There is no [special] privilege. All citizens can leave the house as long as they do not cause gatherings and maintain a safe distance during the exercise. Therefore, Ronaldo did what we have seen.
He added: “There was no special authorisation because we are all the same, we are all facing the same pandemic. The best player in the world must use his image to set an example, but Cristiano seems to me to have done just a few minutes of exercise and, therefore, there is no harm in the world.”
Recent reports in the media have cited that Portugal may look at extending the national lockdown till May 1 as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged above 15 000. The country’s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, declared a 15-day state of emergency on March 18 and last week approved its extension by a further 15 days till April 17.