Christiano Ronaldo has left Madeira to return to Italy with his family after nearly two months on his native island.
The 35-year-old was chauffeur-driven to the airport named after him so he could board his Gulfstream G200 Galaxy on Monday evening with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and four children.
The £20million plane departed just after 6pm local time and landed in Turin later on Monday evening. Cristiano is expected to have to self-isolate for 14 days on club orders before resuming training with the rest of the Juventus squad ahead of a possible return to Serie A football.
Weekend reports claimed his return plans were being frustrated by Spanish airspace problems. But his private jet landed on Sunday in Madeira to take luggage and three staff including a bodyguard to Italy before returning on Monday evening to the island.
Cristiano has been in Madeira since March 9 with his family, the longest stay he has enjoyed there since he became a professional footballer.
He made an initial 24-hour trip back to his native island after Dolores’ March 3 stroke to see her in hospital before returning with his four children and Georgina just under a week later ahead of the suspension of Serie A football.
On Saturday he did some sightseeing with his partner and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr after a string of punishing workouts which he has been treating fans to glimpses of on Instagram.
On Sunday evening Cristiano posted what is expected to be his last photo from Madeira for the rest of the season – showing him relaxing with a cuppa at his luxury ocean-front rented villa. He said alongside the photo: “Reflections by the sea.”
His sister Katia Aveiro responded with the words “Amor meu” – Portuguese for “My Love”. Georgina, who has treated fans to photos of a string of gym workouts in figure-huggings hotpants, also found time to post her last stunning photo from Madeira, of her all in pink under a salmon-pink sky and wearing a face mask.
She said: “Wearing a mask is a fundamental act to protect us all from the spread of Covid-19. As the great community that we are, we can reduce the number of people affected by this disease and save the world with an act as simple as covering ourselves.” Cristiano and his family spent most of their time in Madeira at a £3,500-a-week rented mansion with a garden and pool near the fishing village of Canical.
They moved there from the seven-storey apartment block in the capital Funchal half an hour’s drive away which he bought last year. His mum Dolores and brother Hugo and his family live on lower floors of the apartment block. Last month Cristiano raised eyebrows by returning there to celebrate his niece Alicia’s 21st birthday party despite the coronavirus crisis.
On Sunday – Mother’s Day in Portugal – he and his three siblings gifted Dolores a brand-new Mercedes estimated to be worth nearly £100,000. She showed her new set of wheels off on social media along with a bunch of flowers her children also gave her, saying: “Thanks to my children for the presents I received from them today. Happy Mother’s Day to all mums