COVID-19: Cristiano Ronaldo Returns To Italy After Lockdown
Cristiano Ronaldo is back in Italy after being away for almost two months due to the coronavirus lockdown. Ronaldo and family landed in Turin airport via a private jet from the Portuguese island of Madeira. They will spend two weeks in quarantine.
Ronaldo last played in Juventus’ 2-0 win over inter Milan which was played behind closed doors at the Allianz stadium on March 8. All matches were then suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Italy was the first affected country after China during the time. Ronaldo had flown to Madeira to be with his mother after the Intern Milan match.
Juventus has recalled its 10 overseas players as Serie A clubs were given the green light to return to individual training on Monday.
The Italian interior ministry’s go-ahead for players to return to club training facilities two weeks ahead of schedule has offered fans hope that the 2019-20 season might yet be salvaged. Juventus are leading Serie A, one point ahead of Lazio, as they target a ninth consecutive Scudetto.
The club has not yet given an official date for a return to training. Juventus began carrying out tests on their players at the club’s medical center in Turin on Monday. The first to arrive were Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Leonardo Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey, all wearing face masks.
Juventus is also awaiting the arrival of Dutch center-back Matthijs de Ligt and midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who returned to France after recovering from the virus. Gonzalo Higuain remains in Argentina where he returned to be with his sick mother.