Cristiano Ronaldo has fired back at the Italian sports minister's accusation that he violated COVID-19 protocols after he returned to the country after testing positive for the virus on worldwide duty.
Ronaldo tested positive following Portugal's 0-0 draw with France in the Nations League on Sunday and he had to quarantine himself and miss Wednesday's game against Sweden.
"I never broke the protocol", Ronaldo said on Instagram, adding that he travelled after gaining authorisation to do so and had avoided contact with other people.
Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday the Juventus forward might have infringed the rules by flying back to Italy from national team duty in Portugal after he tested positive for the virus earlier this week.
"I followed all the protocols and I will continue to follow them, my conscience is clear. Everything I did was authorised".
"They said I broke Italian law and this and that.it's all lies, I did everything properly".
Juventus forward Ronaldo is now quarantined at his home in Turin after travelling from Portugal in an air ambulance following a positive Covid-19 test while with his national team for Nations League matches.
"The fact that some footballers are famous does not allow them to be arrogant, disrespectful towards institutions and to lie", Spadafora told the media.
"I returned to Italy via air ambulance and I've had no contact with anyone, not even in Turin".
On Thursday, Spadafora pointed out that Cristiano violated the sanitary guidelines laid out by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) by joining the Portuguese squad on October 5, despite the fact that Juventus had an order to remain confined in the J Hotel after detecting some positives of coronavirus amongst the club's staff.
"Someone, whose name I'm won't say, here in Italy. says that I didn't respect the protocol, that is simply a lie".
"On the contrary, the more well known you are, the more you should feel the responsibility of thinking before speaking and setting a good example. No longer am I going to talk about it and I wish all the positives to recover soon", he concluded.