Cristiano Ronaldo has left Portugal in an air ambulance to continue his self-isolation at his Turin home after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 35-year-old’s jet left Tires Airport in Cascais near Lisbon around 1.45pm local time.
He was taken to the municipal airstrip from the Portuguese training camp base in nearby Oeiras by ambulance.
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He is understood to be travelling in a Bombardier Learjet 45XR LX-ONE which is specially equipped to fly him following his Covid positive test.
It is operated by Luxembourg Air Rescue which specialises in offering repatriations of those who have suffered illnesses or accidents abroad and need to get back home.
It had been reported earlier in the day he wanted to fly back to Italy.
He was pictured on Tuesday giving the thumbs-up from a balcony at his room at the Portuguese training camp.
His positive coronavirus test put him out of tonight’s Uefa Nations League match against Sweden.
There has not been any official comment from the Portuguese FA on Ronaldo’s departure, although it’s understood he requested and received permission to travel.
Earlier today, Portuguese sports analyst Rui Pedro Braz, referring to Jose Fontes and Anthony Lopes who are the other two Portuguese internationals to have tested positive for coronavirus so far, said: “It’s up to Cristiano to decide whether he travels to Turin or remains in Portugal.