The Portuguese celebrity has voiced his concern for the Bianconeri defender and praised the work being done by those qualified to fight the virus.

Cristiano Ronaldo has delivered a message of support to Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani as well as the’amazing’ caregivers addressing the coronavirus outbreak.

25-year-old centre-back Rugani tested positive for the virus shortly after it had been declared that Serie A was to be placed on hold April at the oldest and was in self-isolation, even though his presence on the seat in a 2-0 triumph over Inter has seen the Nerazzurri compelled to take preventative steps.

After the postponement of Juventus’ Champions League last 16 second-leg tie against Lyon, Ronaldo — that hasn’t contracted the virus — is staying in isolation in his native Portugal but made sure to reach out through social media to voice his support for his colleague, in addition to caregivers around the world.

“The world is experiencing a really tough moment which demands the utmost attention and care from all of us,” Ronaldo wrote in a post on social websites.

“I talk to you today not as a soccer player, but as a son, father, a person being concerned with the most recent developments that are impacting the entire world.

“It is important most of us follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we manage this present situation. Assessing human life must come above any other pursuits.

“I would love to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to people that are fighting the virus, such as my team-mate Daniele Rugani, along with my ongoing support to the awesome health professionals placing their own lives in danger to save others.”

There had also been reports that another of Ronaldo’s Bianconeri team-mates — Argentina forward Paulo Dybala — had contracted the virus, but both the club and player have moved swiftly because to announce the rumours false.

Fellow Serie A side Sampdoria have observed five players and one team member test positive for the virus since Italy is still among the worst-affected nations.

Manolo Gabbiadini was the first to test positive, before Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina, Morten Thorsby and Dr. Amedeo Baldari were subsequently diagnosed.