Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to continue playing for the Serie A champions for ‘many years’ according to Nacional Madeira President Rui Alves.
Ronaldo, 35, was recently pictured training at the Estadio da Madeira in Funchal, rather than being at home with his family in self-isolation. Despite angering Madeira secretary of health Pedro Ramos last week, he was granted access by President Alves for training purposes.
“Seeing Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on our pitch makes me feel young again,” Rui Alves told Tuttosport. “When Cristiano arrived at our academy, he was 10 years old and from his first club, Andorinha. In exchange, we gave them balls and kits.
“Two years later, in 1997, I was the President who signed his move to Sporting in Lisbon. He was already very good as a kid, but it was impossible to imagine that he could have become the best player in the history of football.”
It is understood the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had contacted the President asking to use the facilities. Ronaldo and Juve have been in lockdown ever since they defeated Inter Milan 2-0 on March 8.