Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is currently in self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After travelling to Portugal in the wake of his mother, Maria Dolores Aveiro, suffering a stroke, the 35-year-old has remained in his native country.
The decision comes after his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus and was photographed with most of the squad just days before his diagnosis.
Thankfully, there’s been no indication that Ronaldo or any of his family has been suffering with the condition and the sporting superstar has used his privileged position to help wage the war.
Ronaldo even wrote an official statement on his Instagram page to spread a message of unity and positivity to his 208 million follows in this difficult and uncertain time.
Rumours surrounding Ronaldo’s hotels
Further to this, we published a story on March 15 based on information from Spanish publication Marca claiming that Ronaldo had opened his hotels as ‘hospitals’ for people suffering from coronavirus.
However, this news was later found to be false and we apologise to our readers for having misled you.
Moves to deny the report
Both Ronaldo’s management team and representatives from the hotel moved to reiterate that the reports were indeed untrue.
A Pestana Hotel spokesperson told AFP Fact Check, per the Independent: “The information is inaccurate. We did not receive any indication in this regard.”
Fellow trusted publisher Arena Desportiva were in contact with the author of the original source, Paula Carvalho, who also apologised for the error after being led to believe it true.
Ronaldo’s history of charity
Ronaldo has shown his charitable side throughout his career. That’s particularly the case in Madeira, where he donated £100,000 to build a cancer ward in 2009 after his mother’s recovery.
Combine that with paying for operations and treatment for ill supporters, donating trophies to raise money for charities and much, much more and you get the full picture of Ronaldo’s generosity.
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