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Cristiano Ronaldo Plays 1,000th Soccer Game to Empty Stadium in Italy Amid Coronavirus Fears

Cristiano Ronaldo Plays 1,000th Soccer Game to Empty Stadium in Italy Amid Coronavirus Fears

Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a major milestone in his career – in front of an empty stadium.

The 35-year-old soccer star played his 1,000th official game as a professional athlete on Sunday (March 8) at an empty Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy.

Cristiano lead his Juventus team to victory over Inter Milan, 2-0.

Fans were not allowed into the stadium due to precautionary measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

According to CNN, only essential personnel were allowed to attend the game, and everyone submitted to a temperature check before being admitted.

Cristiano made light of the situation by high-fiving nonexistent fans before the game and pretended to soak up applause from the empty stands.

All sporting events in Italy are forced to play with no audiences until at least April 3 amid fears of spreading the Coronavirus, The New York Times reports.

After the game, Cristiano took to Instagram to celebrate his momentous game.

“So proud to reach 1000 official games in my career with a very important victory that put us on the top of the table again!💪🏽,” Cristiano wrote. “Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, my family & friends and to my fans that helped me to reach this great achievement.”

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