Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Turin after the coronavirus blockade
MILAN: Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo flew to Italy on Monday after almost two months in coronavirus emergency shutdown in his native Portugal.
Ronaldo and his family landed at the Turin airport just after 10:20 p.m. local time, according to media reports in Italy.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner arrived on a private plane from the Portuguese island of Madeira and will spend two weeks in quarantine.
The 35-year-old played the last game of Juventus' Serie A, a 2-0 victory behind Inter Milan behind closed doors at the Allianz stadium on March 8, against the Italian. football the season was suspended in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 29,000 people in the country.
Ronaldo returned to Madeira after the Inter Milan match to be close to his mother Dolores, who had suffered a stroke.
Juventus withdrew its 10 foreign players when Serie A clubs were given the green light to return to individual practice on Monday.
The go-ahead from the Italian Interior Ministry for players to return to the club's training facilities two weeks ahead of schedule has offered fans hope that the 2019-20 season can still be saved.
Juventus lead Serie A, one point ahead of Lazio, as they point to a ninth consecutive Scudetto.
The club has not yet given an official date to train again.
Juventus began testing its players at the club's medical center in Turin on Monday.
The first to arrive were Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Leonardo Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey, all wearing face masks.
Juventus are also awaiting the return to Turin of Dutch center-back Matthijs de Ligt and midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who returned to France after recovering from the virus.
Gonzalo Higuaín remains in Argentina where he returned to be with his sick mother.