Cristiano Ronaldo was criticised by a former Juventus chairman for ‘taking pictures by the pool’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, who was the Serie A club’s chairman following the Calciopoli scandal in 2006, also hit out at the way the Turin club have managed the situation with their players.
Ronaldo is currently in Madeira after leaving Italy, who have been one of the worst affected countries by Covid-19.
The star initially travelled back to Portugal at the start of the month after his mother suffered a stroke.
He returned for Juventus’ win against Inter Milan behind closed doors before heading back to Madeira where he has remained ever since.
Gigli told Radio Punto: “Things at Juventus got complicated when Cristiano Ronaldo left.
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“He said he was going to Portugal because of his mother, but now he only appears to be taking pictures by the pool.
“When the exception was made for him, things fell apart and others wanted to leave – but it shouldn’t have been like this.
“They all should have been quarantined.”
The Juventus star and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have contributed €1million to three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in their native Portugal.
One of the hospitals, located in Porto, said the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes at a later date.
Ronaldo’s teammates Paulo Dybala, Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi have all tested positive for coronavirus while others, including Gonzalo Higuain, have left the country.
Higuain broke the strict quarantine rules in Italy to return to Argentina to be with his mother, who is suffering from cancer.
There are also concerns that players who have left Italy may struggle to get back in once the situation is under control in the country as they may need to be quarantined.
Gigli added: “Criticising now is easy but from the outside I don’t know why players wanted to leave Italy.
“When they return it’ll be more difficult to get back in shape because they’ll have to stay in quarantine for 14 days.”
The former Juventus chairman also advocated for the season to be cancelled because of the sheer backlog of games and also the contract situations.
He added: “Players on fixed-term contracts are more difficult to withhold the pay of, however they too must participate by accepting a proportional cut in their wages.
“I am of the opinion that the championship should be ended. It is necessary to thank about, when adding in the dates of this championship, how to fit in the qualifying for the various European cups.”
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