Italy has struggled to contain COVID-19, with around 5,476 deaths as of March 23
Everything has come to a standstill as the nation continues their fight against the coronavirus.
The Serie A football league is also on the pause button, and their biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has since obtained permission from Juventus to go to Madeira, the Portuguese island where he was born
He was there to assist his mother and complete the quarantine from coronavirus in his home.
According to ‘La Stampa’, Ronaldo is completing voluntary self-isolation in Madeira with a lot of work in a Holliwoodian villa, which his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez has been offering stunning glimpses of on her official Instagram account
The white and grey villa overlooking the ocean is equipped with every comfort, including two Olympic swimming pools – one of which is on the roof and is protected by a wonderful architectural structure – two gyms and even a regular size football pitch.
Obviously there is a large garage with five parking spaces. Every day he runs in his own maxi park, trains in the various gyms on the real estate surface and swims for at least an hour a day in the villa equipped with Olympic swimming pools.
Ronaldo is also in Madeira to visit his mother, Dolores Aveiro, after the fear of the stroke that had struck her, and she is now settling in in her luxurious villa for an expected 15-day period.
His brother Hugo also reportedly lives on the lower floors of the seven-storey house the Juventus star recently purchased in Funchal
Ronaldo probably did not expect to have to extend his Portuguese stay but the coronavirus emergency has seen the time of the ‘buen retiro’ prolonged.
And girlfriend Georgina showed what a good time he and his family are having after posting a glorious picture of the rooftop pool, which shows his eldest son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr looking out to sea
She later posted a new photo showing their daughter Alana relaxing on a sofa by a window offering picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean along with the caption: ‘The little angry face I got in return for putting my foot down’
In a statement earlier in the week, Juventus confirmed the former Real Madrid striker is not returning to Italy for the time being, saying: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo has not trained and remains in Madeira awaiting developments with the current health crisis.’
Three of Ronaldo’s teammates Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi have all tested positive for the virus.
The 35-year-old Portugal international shared a dressing room with Rugani two weeks ago prior to the league suspension, when his team beat Inter Milan 2-0 behind closed doors
Ronaldo had already returned to Madeira by the time Rugani and Matuidi’s diagnoses had come through, but it is not yet clear how long he will remain there with Serie A football suspended until at least April 3.
Meanwhile, the former Manchester United hotshot will be teaming up with his agent Jorge Mendes to fight the virus by buying medical supplies.
According to reports by Spanish paper AS, Portuguese super-agent Mendes has already bankrolled 200,000 gowns and three ventilators for the Sao Jao hospital in Porto.