The football fans in Portugal were not surprised after the announcement that the star and captain of the national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, was infected with the Corona virus, and many of them said that everyone is vulnerable to infection, and that athletes are no exception.
The Portuguese Football Association said in a statement on Saturday that Ronaldo, 35, a Juventus player, did not show symptoms of infection, and that he would miss the national team match tonight in the face of his Swedish counterpart in the European Nations League after undergoing self-isolation.
About that, Antonio Rodriguez said – as he was standing near a food market in a suburb of the capital, Lisbon – “We are all human … the situation will not change because he is Ronaldo.”
Fernando Marquez, 74, agreed, saying, “Ronaldo is no better than others. He is a good footballer who has a lot of money but everyone is equal.”
Another fan, Antonio Alexo, 45, said, “The other players should play well and strive to win in his absence … he will retire and will stop playing sooner or later.”