Ronaldo praises medics, accepts pay cut

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo star has praised health workers on his home island of Madeira.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo star has praised health workers on his home island of Madeira.

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has addressed his followers from his native island of Madeira, urging them to stay at home and support health workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

"In this difficult moment for the whole world, let's be thankful for the things that matter - our health, our family, our loved ones," the striker wrote Monday on Instagram.

"Stay home and let's help all the health workers out there fighting to save lives."

Ronaldo left for his native Portugal after Italy wen to into lockdown on March 9 to be with his mother, who had been hospitalised in late February.

"Feeling very thankful to have my mum home from hospital and recovering," he wrote in an earlier post.

Ronaldo was the first Bianconero who left Turin after the league was suspended; he was followed by Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa.

Three Juve players, Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala have tested positive for the virus.

The Serie A is suspended until April 3, a term which was appears due to be extended to the end of the month.

As resumption of the season remains in doubt, the Italian champions on Saturday announced that their footballers agreed to forgo their pay from march to June, which allows the club to save about 90 million euros ($A162 million) in the current fiscal year.

Ronaldo's cut is said to amount to around 10 million euros. The agreement will be re-negotiated should the league be completed in the next months.

Australian Associated Press