CRISTIANO RONALDO has urged fans to ‘respect but not fear’ coronavirus in his first comments since testing positive on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old also extolled the virtues of sunbathing as he hit back at claims he had breached protocol by flying to Italy on Wednesday.
On an Instagram Live addressing the importance of developing a strong immune system, he said: “The sun helps a lot.
“People don’t have that perception, but it does a lot of good.
“When I get the chance, I do some sunbathing. In Turin it is more difficult, but I always try to get 20 or 30 minutes of sunshine.
“I love being on my terrace soaking up the sun, it’s very important.
“Having high vitamin C and D, with high levels, Selenium, Omega 3, eating well and properly, doing sport.
“A lot of people don’t like it but just walking is important . And sleeping well, having a good night’s sleep is the best medicine.
“With everything off, no lights on. Thank God I sleep well every night, always eight or nine hours a day. Invest in it, it is essential.
“Eat well, lots of vegetables, lots of greens and don’t abuse sweets to have a strong immune system.”