Cristiano Ronaldo has been snapped enjoying breakfast with his family at their luxury villa in Madeira during lockdown, with the president of CD Nacional revealing that he gave the superstar permission to undertake secret training sessions on the island.
The Juventus talisman is spending time with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez at the £3.5k-a-week residence with football indefinitely suspended, and has also been attempting to remain fit by using a local stadium to train.
But after sparking widespread controversy, it has been revealed that Ronaldo was in fact granted the use of the facility by the nearby football club.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been snapped enjoying breakfast with his family at their luxury villa
Juventus talisman Ronaldo sparked controversy after training at the Madeira national stadium
But the president of Nacional revealed that Ronaldo was granted permission for the sessions
Ronaldo decided to leave his seven-storey home, valued at £7million, in Funchal and instead relocate his family during the escalating pandemic.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward will be living in comfort during his time at the villa, with a series of photos showing that a swimming pool, games room and six bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, will be accessible.
The Portuguese international first revealed his new surroundings last week, after the 35-year-old posted makeshift training drills alongside his partner on social media.
And the tight-knit family were once again seen basking in the high life, with Georgina sharing a touching photo of the group having breakfast together on Instagram.
A view of Ronaldo’s stunning luxury villa on the island, with a swimming pool and sun-loungers
A view of the dining area of the residence, with two tables and wooden chairs on the outside
One of six bedrooms, each of which comes with a double bed and its own ensuite bathroom
However, Ronaldo has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, after images of the five-time Balon d’Or winner training at the Madeiran national stadium circulated online.
The ground was opened for him by the club’s president Rui Alves, but government chiefs were adamant that Ronaldo remains no exception with the public having been told to stay at home as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc.
Alves opened up on how Ronaldo’s sessions came about, and told Tuttosport: ‘Cristiano called us and we were happy to give him this chance.
The superstar has relocated his family to the quiet fishing village during the coronavirus crisis
‘We have complied with the Madeira health rules and protocols linked to Covid-19, starting from the respect of the safety distances.
‘Cris was our boy and is now the best possible example for the Academia del Nacional. It is a model for the whole world.
‘He is a super professional and has remarkable human qualities. It is the pride of our society, of all of us. The strongest footballer in history was born on our small island.’
Ronaldo progressed through Nacional’s academy between 1995 and 1997, before club chief Alves allowed the ace to join Sporting Lisbon.