Earlier today, Marca reported that Cristiano Ronaldo is turning his hotel into a makeshift infirmary for coronavirus victims. However, the truth has finally come to light as the Lisbon hotel refuted the claims.
Marca claimed that one of the Portuguese star’s two hotels could double as hospitals to help aid in the fight against the virus. Admittedly, Portugal has not been as badly affected like its neighbours. However, COVID-19 cases raced up to 245 as per the latest estimates. The hotel staff insisted that they are not aware of any plans to transform the place to a hospital on a temporary basis.
A spokesperson told RTL Nieuws, “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.”
Even the Juventus star has been silent on the situation. The good news is that he is back in his homeland, and hale and hearty. This is good news because northern Italy is the second-worst affected place after China, where it all began.
As it turned out, Juventus got a massive scare when Daniele Rugani got diagnosed with the virus. The 35-year-old superstar promptly sent a message of support to fans amid the chaos.
“The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us,” Ronaldo wrote in a post on social media.
“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.”
The Portuguese forward even sympathised with people who lost loved ones to the virus. Cristiano Ronaldo also pledged to stand by people who are combating the virus, including team-mate Rugani. Finally, he praised the health professionals for risking their own lives to save others.