- CR7 hotels in Lisbon and Funchal to be converted into temporary hospitals
- Ronaldo has pledged to foot the bill for all patients and medical personnel
- Juventus star is currently at home in Madeira helping care for his mother
- He is unable to return to Italy because of coronavirus travel restrictions
- Portugal had 169 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Saturday, but no deaths
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Cristiano Ronaldo will convert all of his hotels in Portugal into temporary hospitals to help take on the coronavirus.
The generous Juventus superstar will also personally foot the payments and wages of medical doctors and nurses running within them so as not to burden the country’s health service.
Ronaldo owns a £165-a-night, a 4-star hotel in Funchal on his home island of Madeira and a £195-a-night time 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 centers will be free of charge to each person suffering from the coronavirus.
The 35-yr-old went into quarantine last week after Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus that has killed nearly 1,500 people in Italy.
Ronaldo is finishing his isolation in Madeira so he can be close to his mom, Dolores Aveiro, who’s recovering from a stroke.
The president of the Madeira regional government confirmed that Ronaldo was not suffering from the coronavirus.
Strict travel restrictions mean that Ronaldo can’t return to Italy for the time being and Juventus has placed 121 players and staff into isolation anyway.
Ronaldo has remained in touch with the club and is training in his private gym in Madeira.
He expressed his concern about the pandemic on social media on Friday, writing: ‘the world is going through a tough time and demands the utmost care and attention from everyone.
‘today I’m not talking 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 essential that we comply with the guidelines 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.
‘My solidarity for those who are fighting the virus, such as my partner Daniele Rugani, and all my support for the excellent work that medical professionals are doing by putting his life at risk to save those of others.’
And Ronaldo has now taken practical steps by setting up the temporary hospitals and bearing all transport and living costs for medical staff to work 24 hours there.
As of Saturday, Portugal had 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no person had died. The Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores had no confirmed cases.
The government has imposed a -week quarantine on all travelers arriving on the islands.
In common with other European leagues, all matches in Italy and Portugal are currently suspended.
Ronaldo’s 4-star hotel in Madeira is located close to the city’s marina and boasts an infinity pool, gym, sauna, and hot tub. The outdoor space offers sunset parties and DJ sets.
it is located near the CR7 Museum, which charts Ronaldo’s trophy-laden career, and all visitors get free admission.
His Lisbon hotel is located in a renovated historic building in the upmarket neighborhood of Baixa Pombalina.
a visitor who spends two nights on the hotel gets a signed Ronaldo photograph and those who stay four nights get signed soccer.