KEY POINTS

  • News of the Pestana CR7 Hotels becoming makeshift hospitals are untrue
  • Ronaldo has yet to comment on the said plans
  • Daniele Rugani and his girlfriend give an update on how they contracted the coronavirus

In a time where any form of help is needed, a basic need for almost anywhere in the globe is a place to hold people infected with the dreaded coronavirus. Word got out that Cristiano Ronaldo would be doing his part, transforming part of his Lisbon hotel into a makeshift infirmary.

Spanish publication Marca was the first to report on Ronaldo's alleged plans of opening his range of hotels in Portugal to coronavirus victims to act as makeshift hospitals. The move by the 35-year-old was lauded by folks online, some even calling him a guy with a golden heart. However, it appears that all of this was nothing but fake news.

It appears that when outlets tried to get in touch with the people over at the Pestana CR7 hotels, most were unaware of the said plans. According to RTL Nieuws, they knew nothing of plans to transform the hotel.

“We are a hotel. We are not going to be a hospital. It is a day like everyone else, we are and will remain a hotel. We are being phoned by the press. I wish you a nice day,” a spokesperson said.

Portugal currently has 169 confirmed cases of the coronavirus although there have been no reports of death. Ronaldo has yet to state these reports as he is known in self-quarantine in a villa in Madeira. He was cleared of the virus last Friday and posted a message of solidarity via his Instagram account.

"The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us," Ronaldo said. "I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that are affecting the whole world."

And while Ronaldo was cleared of the virus, there were some who were not as lucky. Daniele Rugani tested positive for the coronavirus last Mar. 11 together with girlfriend, Michela Persico. Both went into self-quarantine with Persico providing some insights to Corriere Della Sera.

"From the moment he saw the fever, he decided, with a great sense of responsibility, to remain in isolation to protect me, the team and the people with whom he could have come in contact," Persico said.

"We often speak and video call him, I feel quite calm. He is well and without symptoms. His other colleagues, without symptoms and who have not done the swab, have chosen to be at Continassa, to avoid contact with families," she added.