Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a statement for the first time since being in quarantine in Portugal after teammate Daniele Rugani tested positive for Covid-19.
In an Instagram post, Ronaldo urged his fans to stick to advice issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) before stating that “protecting human life must come above any other interests.”
The statement noted: “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us.
“I speak to you not today as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that are affecting the whole world.
“I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my teammate Daniel Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to help save others.”
Apart from Rugani, other big names including Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have since been confirmed as contracting the virus.
Rugani’s Juventus teammates are currently all in self-isolation, with more than 100 people in the Juventus organization as a whole also in quarantine.