Cristiano Ronaldo reunites with family despite coronavirus lockdown to celebrate niece's 21st birthday



Posted Monday, April 20, 2020 by Thesun.co.uk

CRISTIANO RONALDO has reunited with the rest of his family in the middle of Portugal's coronavirus lockdown to celebrate his niece's birthday.

The Juventus star left the villa he has been renting in another part of Madeira and joined in a party for Alicia Aveiro held on Friday at Ronaldo's ocean-view apartment block where a room has been turned into a CR7 shrine.

Cristiano Ronaldo reunites with family despite coronavirus lockdown to celebrate niece's 21st birthday
Cristiano Ronaldo attended his niece's 21st Birthday party.

The 35-year-old, dressed casually in a black T-shirt and jeans split at the knees, looked in great spirits as he sang 'Happy Birthday' to his niece, who turned 21 with most of her close family around her including her famous uncle.

Ronaldo's partner Georgina Rodriguez was also in attendance, and seemed to have picked a dress that was a little too tight for her as she pulled it down while she was filmed joining in the festivities.

The bash was held in a room with its own bar and wall-to-wall Ronaldo memorabilia, including several framed photos of the footballer in his number 7 shirt and a portrait of his late father Dinis Aveiro next to another of the striker with his son Cristiano Jr, nine, and one of his five Ballon d'Or awards.

Ronaldo's brother Hugo, Alicia's dad, could be seen using a microwave in the background as a pretend bongo to bang out a rhythm with his hands.

Their 65-year-old mum Dolores Aveiro, who was hospitalised last month with a stroke, was also pictured sat on a chair in a corner at the birthday party.

Ronaldo's sister Elma, who posted the footage, said along heart emoticons: "This was the birthday of my darling niece. Family, friends, love and always united."

Alicia replied: "When you do your quarantine with your family you can still have a good birthday party. Thank you. Always together."

Dolores said in a heartfelt message she posted on her Instagram alongside a photo of Alicia: "Congratulations on your 21st birthday.

"I hope this day is repeated for many more years and that you have a lot of good luck and health throughout your life."

The birthday girl, thought to still live at home with her parents on a lower floor of the seven-storey apartment block Ronaldo owns and stayed at when he first flew back to Madeira last month, later posed for a picture on her balcony.

She was carrying a bunch of flowers gifted to her for the selfie, posted alongside a message which said: "#Stayhomestaysafe."

Cristiano Ronaldo reunites with family despite coronavirus lockdown to celebrate niece's 21st birthday
Ronaldo's niece was celebrating her 21st birthday during the coronavirus lockdown.

Cristiano Ronaldo reunites with family despite coronavirus lockdown to celebrate niece's 21st birthday
Ronaldo enjoyed his niece's birthday as they make the most of the coronavirus lockdown.

It was not immediately clear if Ronaldo is now back permanently at his Funchal ocean-view home, or has returned to his rented villa near the fishing village of Canical a half hour drive away.

He gave no real clues to his whereabouts with a cute photo he posted on Instagram showing him in bed with Georgina and his four children.

The forward's attendance at the family do is bound to lead to fresh speculation about his actions during Portugal's coronavirus lockdown rules.

Regional government officials in Madeira faced questions earlier this month after the star was pictured training at a football stadium on the island.

They were quick to point out Ronaldo had broken no rules as he was a professional athlete exercising for work reasons and had observed social distancing.

The law that establishes Portugal's state of emergency until May 2 says: "The government understands that contact between people, who constitute a strong source of contagion and spread of the virus, as well as their travelling around, should be kept to the minimum level indispensable."

Ronaldo is not part of any group that has to self-isolate but conditions have been placed on peoples' ability to move around freely.

Returning to your home address would be allowed under the rules and family reunification is not prohibited or penalised.

A well-placed source said: "Gatherings involving relatives who rarely see each other or come from different properties should definitely be avoided, especially where older people are present."

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