Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that he broke Portugal's coronavirus protocols after returning from international duty while infected with the disease.
Ronaldo tested positive on Tuesday while representing his country Portugal in the Nations League. He was forced to a self-isolation on the same day and went on to miss Wednesday's clash against Sweden. On Thursday, the Italian giants confirmed the forward had returned to Turin.
Portugal's minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora later that day claimed he thought CR7 had broken protocol by returning to Italy while Juventus was in isolation following two coronavirus cases among the team's non-playing staff.
The 35-year-old wrote on his Instagram account that he didn't break any protocol while adding he traveled after gaining authorization to do so and had avoided contact with other people.
"I never broke the protocol," he wrote.
"Someone, whose name I’m won’t say, here in Italy … says that I didn’t respect the protocol, that is simply a lie. I am continuing my quarantine, I am alone, my family is on another floor, we can’t be in contact and it will be like that at least for the next 10 days."
Under UEFA rules a player must provide evidence he is no longer sick a week before a European match.