Cristiano Ronaldo and other top Juventus players could face legal action for rejoining their national teams despite coronavirus rules after two positive cases at the Italian champions, local health authorities in Turin said on Wednesday.
As well as the Portuguese star, several South Americans including Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Danilo and Rodrigo Bentancur also left the Juventus team hotel without awaiting test results this week, according to Italian media reports.
“The club itself told us that some players had left the place of isolation and therefore we will notify the competent authority, that is the prosecutor, of what happened,” said Roberto Testi, a director of the health authority in the Piedmont region, quoted by the Ansa news agency.
The entire Juventus team and staff were isolating from Saturday, a procedure that does not prevent them from training or playing, but prohibits contact with the outside.
Both virus case at the club were among the team’s non-playing staff.
Several other internationals called up to their national sides will be able to leave as soon as they get the all-clear, including France’s Adrien Rabiot, Italians Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, Wales’ Aaron Ramsey and Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny.\
Argentine footballer, Paulo Dybala, has beaten his Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to the Italian Serie A Player of the Year award for the 2019/2020 season.
Serie A announced Dybala as the winner of the annual prize on Tuesday, stopping Ronaldo from retaining the title he won in his first year at the Allianz Stadium.
Italian football’s main governing body named the 26-year-old forward as the season’s most valuable player, while the club’s newest signing Dejan Kulusevski clinched the Young Player of the Year prize for an outstanding campaign at Parma.
Dybala has scored 11 goals in 33 Serie A appearances for Juventus this term and also recorded 11 assists.
He struggled to adapt to a new role in the team following Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid in 2018 but has enjoyed good form since Maurizio Sarri’s appointment last summer.
Ronaldo might have thought he’d done enough to retain Serie A’s top individual accolade after contributing 31 goals to the Bianconeri’s cause, but his final tally was still five behind Lazio top striker Immobile, who earned the Capocannoniere – the title awarded to the highest goalscorer in the league.
There was more celebration for Juventus as Wojciech Szczesny received the best goalkeeper award.
Inter Milan’s Stefan De Vrij, Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez, and Lazio’s talisman Ciro Immobile were acknowledged in defensive, midfield and forward roles.
Argentina striker Paulo Dybala said Saturday that he has become the third Juventus player to test positive for coronavirus while former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini revealed that he and his son have also been infected.
“Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that we have received the Covid-19 test results and that Oriana (Sabatini, his girlfriend) and I are positive,” the 26-year-old Dybala tweeted.
“Fortunately, we are perfectly fine. Thank you for your messages.”
Italian champions Juventus said that Dybala had been self-isolating since Wednesday.
“He will continue to be monitored. He is well and is asymptomatic,” said the club in a statement.
Later Saturday, the club said Maldini, now the technical director at Milan, and his 18-year-old son Daniel, a youth team player, were also battling the disease.
“Paolo and Daniel are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others,” said a statement from AC Milan.
“They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.”
Maldini, 51, is considered one of the greatest defenders of all time.
He won five Champions Leagues with Milan and appeared in 647 matches.
Juventus teammates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi have also tested positive for the disease which has claimed almost 800 lives in Italy.
Gonzalo Higuain grabbed a second-half brace with Paulo Dybala adding a late third as Juventus rescued a 3-1 comeback win over Atalanta in the final quarter of an hour to stay top of Serie A on Saturday.
Robin Gosens had nodded Atalanta ahead after 56 minutes as the Bergamo side chased their first Serie A win over Juventus since February 2001.
Higuain hit back with two goals in an eight-minute spell while Dybala marked his 200th Serie A appearance with the final goal two minutes into injury time.
Maurizio Sarri’s side open up a four-point lead on second-placed Inter Milan, who travel to Torino later on Saturday, as Atalanta drop to sixth place after their fourth league game without a win.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed the trip to Bergamo despite his four-goal spree for Portugal because of a slight knee problem ahead of Juventus’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
In the absence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Argentine strike duo Dybala and Higuain ensured the eight-time reigning champions maintained their unbeaten run this season despite several controversial refereeing decisions.
Higuain had pulled Juventus level after 74 minutes with a ball that took a deflection off Rafael Toloi to beat Pierluigi Gollini in the Atalanta goal.
The Argentine completed his double when he picked up a cross from Juan Cuadrado on 82 where the Colombian put his hand on the ball during a sliding tackle at the start of the action.
Then Dybala broke through the Atalanta defence to finish off for his fourth Serie A goal this season.
Atalanta had their chances with Musa Barrow missing an early penalty.
The 21-year-old Gambian rattled the crossbar after 17 minutes following a penalty awarded for a Sami Khedira handball.
Inter will be looking to make it a perfect seven league games on the road this season as they travel to Torino.
Serie A runners-up Napoli, in seventh, desperately need a result at 14th-placed AC Milan, who are themselves floundering.
Paulo Dybala struck a quick-fire second-half double as Juventus came from behind to beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 in their Champions League Group D clash in Turin on Tuesday.
The Italian champions had trailed the Russians with 13 minutes to go in the Allianz Stadium after Aleksei Miranchuk had put the visitors ahead after half an hour.
But Dybala pulled the hosts level on 77 minutes and added a second two minutes later to keep Juventus on course in Group D with seven points after three games.
Maurizio Sarri’s side had drawn with Atletico Madrid and beaten Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in the last two games.
Atletico also have seven points, after beating Leverkusen 1-0 in Spain on Tuesday, with Lokomotiv third with three points.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed the chance for another record of scoring against a 34th different Champions League club.
The Portuguese star drew a blank in Turin firing over from a Juan Cuadrado cross early as, despite dominating possession, Juventus struggled to break down the Russians.
Lokomotiv broke through with their first clear chance.
Miranchuk shrugged off Leonardo Bonucci and the Juventus defence to find on-loan Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario whose effort was cleared by Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny into the path of the Russian forward who finished.
Dybala looked as if he had scored the equaliser before the break but play had stopped following Ronaldo’s tackle on Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme.
Dybala fired over just after the break with fellow Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain coming on in place of Sami Khedira.
Szczesny denied Joao Mario after an hour while at the other end Higuain missed two quick-fire chances before Dybala finally rifled in the equaliser.
Alex Sandro was denied two minutes later but Dybala was on hand to follow up to keep Juventus unbeaten in all competitions this season.
Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala could be out for over a month after picking up a thigh injury in his side’s 1-0 win at Cagliari on Saturday, putting his chances of facing Tottenham in the Champions League at risk.
The Italian champions revealed Sunday that the Argentine international had suffered a “light-medium” injury to his right thigh, and said that how long he would have to spend on the sidelines would become clear in the coming days.
The Corriere dello Sport writes that he will be out for between 30 to 40 days, while the Gazzetta dello Sport says that Dybala is hoping for a layoff of “no more than a month”.
Juve host Tottenham for the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie at the Allianz Stadium on February 13.
Football legend, Lionel Messi has been shortlisted alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award.
France Football magazine reveals that the 30-man list is being released in bunches of five players throughout Monday, October 24.
The award which has been given annually by France Football since 1956 has become the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the past six years.
Barcelona forward, Messi has bagged the honour for a record fifth time while Real Madrid’s Ronaldo has won the award three times.
The French magazine has released the names of 30 nominees of the 2016 Ballon d’Or.
Full List Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund & Gabon) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium) Paulo Dybala (Juventus & Argentina) Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid & Uruguay) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France) Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus & Argentina) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain) Koke (Atletico Madrid & Spain) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München & Poland) Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur & France) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City & Algeria) Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia) Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany) Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany) Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil) Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France) Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal) Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United & France) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain) Rui Patricio (Sporting CP & Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay) Jamie Vardy (Leicester City & England) Arturo Vidal (Bayern München & Chile).