Lisbon: A news report that claimed that Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s hotel in Lisbon would turn into a makeshift hospital to treat people affected by coronavirus has turned out to be false.

Spanish publication Marca had said that one of Ronaldo’s hotels (Pestana CR7 Hotel) would be turned into a medical facility to fight coronavirus (COVID-19). His CR7 brand of hotels, however, has denied the report.

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“We are a hotel. We are not going to be a hospital. It is a day like everyone else, we are and will remain a hotel. We are being phoned by the press. I wish you a nice day,” a spokesperson for the institution told Dutch outlet RTL Nieuws.

Former Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo is in quarantine after his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus.

“The footballer, Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” the Italy-based Juventus club had said in a statement.

“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him,” the club added.

On March 13, Ronaldo took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to say that he was concerned with developments that are affecting the whole world.

He wrote, “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world.”

He added, “It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests.

“I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my teammate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to help save others.”