5-time former world best player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is set to convert all of his hotels into temporary hospitals to help his native country Portugal in the fight against Coronavirus.
The Juventus striker all also personally foot the bills and wages of doctors and nurses that would work at the temporary CR7 Hotels cum hospitals, as he intends to help reduce the burden on the country’s health service.
Ronaldo owns a £165-a-night, 4-star hotel in Funchal on his home island of Madeira and a £195-a-night hotel in the Portuguese capital Lisbon as part of his CR7 brand.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, these will be adapted to aid the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The facilities will be free of charge to anyone suffering from the coronavirus.
Cristiano Ronaldo took to his Instagram page to show his solidarity and support to his Juventus teammate, who has tested positive for coronavirus, Daniele Rugani. Ronaldo wrote;
‘My solidarity for those who are fighting the virus, such as my partner Daniele Rugani, and all my support for the incredible work that medical professionals are doing by putting his life at risk to save those of others.’
As of Saturday, Portugal had 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 but nobody had died. The Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores had no confirmed cases. The government has imposed a two-week quarantine on all travellers arriving on the islands.
He expressed his concern about the pandemic on social media on Friday,
Writing: ‘The world is going through a difficult time and demands the utmost care and attention from everyone.
‘Today I am not speaking to you as a footballer, but as a son, as a father, as a human being aware of the latest events that are affecting the world.
‘It is important that we follow the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organization) and those of governments on how to manage this situation.
‘Protecting human lives is above any other interest. I want to send all my support to all those who have lost a loved one.
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