Ronaldo Dismiss Suggestion He Broke Italy's Coronavirus Rules

Italy's Sports Minister believes Portuguese striker may have violated coronavirus protocols, but Juventus star says not true.

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at suggestions that he broke coronavirus restrictions by returning to Italy after testing positive with the Portuguese squad.

The 35-year-old tested positive ahead of the 3-0 Nations League victory over Sweden on Wednesday and has decided to return to Turin.

The Juventus star teamed up with Portugal in October after the Serie A champions created a 'bubble' in the team's hotel. Two staff had tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to reports from Italy, Ronaldo returned two negative Covid-19 tests but needed another before being officially cleared to leave fiduciary isolation and travel to his home country.

Juve confirmed Ronaldo returned to Turin on a medical flight approved by the relevant health authorities, but Italy's Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora told Rai Radio 1 the trip could have violated regulations if given special health approval had not been given.  

However, on Friday the former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker insisted he play by the rules at all times.

Ronaldo wrote on Instagram as cited by Sports Central: “I did not break any protocol. “They’re saying that I broke Italian laws but it’s all a lie. I spoke with my team and we have the responsibility to do things right. “Everything was done with authorisation. Principally for the Italian man whose name I’m not going to say, it’s a lie, I abided by all the protocols.

He added: “I’m on one floor and my children are on another. For the next ten days it’s going to be like that. “It’s difficult not to be in contact with them, but we have to respect the rules.

The Juventus star added that he has been spending time alone in the sun since testing positive, which he has found useful throughout his career.

He said: “The sun helps a lot. People don't have that perception, but it does a lot of good. “When I get the chance, I do some sunbathing. In Turin, it is more difficult, but I always try to get 20 or 30 minutes of sunshine. “I love being on my terrace soaking up the sun, it's very important. Having high vitamin C and D, with high levels, Selenium, Omega 3, eating well and properly, doing sport. “A lot of people don’t like it but just walking is important. And sleeping well, having a good night's sleep is the best medicine. “With everything off, no lights on. Thank God I sleep well every night, always eight or nine hours a day.Invest in it, it is essential. “Eat well, lots of vegetables, lots of greens and don't abuse sweets to have a strong immune system.