Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly stuck in his native Madeira and won’t be able to get back to Turin any time soon, as Juventus prepare to return to training on Monday.
Daily Mirror reports says that with the Italian government having given Serie A clubs the green light to return ahead of the resumption of the football season amid the coronavirus crisis, Ronaldo had been due to fly back to Turin on Sunday evening.
But the Portuguese news channel TVI, via the Mail Online, report that the 35-year-old’s private jet has been unable to take off from Madrid due to Spanish travel restrictions.
Ronaldo had planned for his £30m Gulfstream G650 jet to pick him from his home island off the coast of Portugal, and then to transfer him direct to Turin in preparation for the beginning of Juve’s plans to resume the 2019/20 season.
But despite the plane trying to take off three times, Ronaldo may now be forced to stay in Madeira for several more days before being able to fly back to Italy.
The Italian government had initially banned all team sports until May 18, but brought forward their decision by two weeks after some regional assemblies relaxed the rules in their areas.
However any player returning to Italy from another country, such as Ronaldo, will be forced to quarantine for 14 days upon landing, meaning he will now miss the start of Juve’s training.