Former Real Madrid forward and current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the last player you would expect to see plastered walls at FC Barcelona’s facilities. However, it has been revealed that the club has done just that.
Apparently, the Catalan giants have decided to build a strange Ronaldo shrine in one of their first team dressing rooms. The wall is plastered with stories and clippings from the Portuguese star and news stories from the time he signed for the Cove 19 last year.
According to the Spanish publication ASBulgarians are using Ronaldo as a poster child during an epidemic. He is hopeful that his positive assessment while on international duty with Portugal last year could serve as a warning to the Barcelona squad to always adhere to health and safety protocols.
Ronaldo experienced a positive comeback in October when he was with his national team. He had to return to Turin to complete his solitary confinement while awaiting medical approval and negative test results. In the process, he not only missed matches for Portugal, but also missed several important matches for Juventus, including their Champions League group stage match against Barcelona.
The Catalan giants won the match 2-0 in Turin, with Osmane Dumble and Lionel Messi on the way to victory. Ronaldo could see everything when he was isolated from the comfort of his residence outside the city.
Barcelona’s training center, Ceute Esportivova John Gamper, now aims to remind players not to imitate the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, when it comes to Coyote 19. The “Ronaldo Shrine” is a stern warning to show what will happen to any of them when the positive test is over.
According to reports, Ronaldo’s “shrine” words “competition is in jeopardy” are highlighted, as well as “following the rules” in red letters.
So far, only Sergei Roberto has missed any matches for the club since the start of the Cove 19 epidemic. However, before Euro 2020, representing Spain, this summer, Sergio Busquets was also affected.
Many parts of Europe are already opening up in response to the aggressive vaccination campaign, but cases are still growing due to additional mobility and the spread of the delta diversity. Even if players are protected by vaccines, any positive test can send them into a string of isolation and potentially lost matches.
Ronaldo’s face is there to serve as a reminder that although the sanctions have been relaxed, the danger is still there. Ronald Koeman, who recovered from Covid 19 before being appointed manager of Barcelona, is well aware that he cannot risk removing his players from the disease.