Hyderabad: Several social media users are sharing a post claiming that Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo is converting his chain of hotels into hospitals to help Coronavirus patients.
Christiano ronaldo transforms his pestana cr7 hotels to hospitals where patints will be treated for free!
Cr7 the man! pic.twitter.com/keY9Ndl4Nr
— нєямαη νι¢тσя ☆ (@HermanVicta) March 15, 2020
In fact, many mainstream media outlets, including Dainik Bhaskar and India Today, published the story after Spanish publication Marca reported it. The article has been deleted from the website Marca.com now.
This claim is FALSE. When asked by the media to confirm the reports, the hotel denied the claims. According to a Dutch TV channel RTL Nieuws and other Dutch journalists, the reports are NOT true.
Reported as fake in Portugal, in the meantime deleted by Marca (who made it a viral story). https://t.co/Iq7QAkDImD
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) March 15, 2020
Several media outlets have denied this claim since then.
Though he tested negative for COVID-19, Ronaldo is quarantined at Madeira after one of his teammates, Daniele Rugani, tested positive for the virus. Ronaldo tweeted about the Corona outbreak from his official Twitter handle.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 13, 2020
Therefore, the claim that Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, has turned his hotels into hospitals to help Coronavirus patients is FALSE.