Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been criticised after he was pictured training at a football stadium in Madeira during the coronavirus lockdown last week.

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been criticised after he was pictured training at a football stadium in Madeira during the coronavirus lockdown last week.

Lazio Director of Communications Arturo Diaconale has hit out at the Juventus star, saying he is seemingly getting preferential treatment.

‘Lazio’s position has always been to return to playing football in a safe atmosphere. If the Prime Minister says that we can return to training after May 3, we will all start organizing for that,’ Diaconale told Radiosei. ‘But the impression I have is that there is some favouritism.

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I am referring to the clubs to which their players are allowed to travel abroad, who will now return and do a quarantine period to return to training at the same time as those of Lazio.

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‘The difference is that we followed the rules and stayed at home, unlike others; I’ve seen videos from Portugal showing some marvellous images of Cristiano Ronaldo training out on a football pitch.

‘Others have been able to train in peace abroad without restrictions, while we are not allowed to do the same in Italy.

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‘I’m not saying it’s wrong, because professional athletes have to keep in shape. I’m just saying that they were given the advantage of going outside during quarantine. But I don’t want to create more controversy.’

He added: ‘Lazio deserve more respect. We constantly have things going against us.’

Lazio and Juventus are separated by just one point in the Serie A title race, but while Simone Inzaghi’s players have been forced to stay indoors back in Italy, Ronaldo – who flew back to his hometown – was put through his paces at the Madeira national stadium.

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Ronaldo was warned by Madeira secretary of health Pedro Ramos, who said: ‘Ronaldo has no special permission to train. Cristiano Ronaldo has the right to train as long as he respects the rules like all citizens, there is no privilege.’


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