Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is under investigation by police in the Italian city of Aosta over a ski trip which may have broken the country's COVID-19 laws.
Ronaldo and his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, were seen skiing in Courmayeur to celebrate her 27th birthday on January 27, but trips to the ski resort are not permitted under the current rules as Val d'Aosta is in a medium-to-high risk orange zone.
"Courmayeur":— Perché è in tendenza? (@perchetendenza) January 28, 2021
Perché i carabinieri stanno conducendo accertamenti sulla trasferta sulle nevi di Cristiano Ronaldo e della sua compagna Georgina Rodriguez: al di fuori dei casi consentiti il viaggio in Valle d'Aosta, zona arancione, sarebbe una violazione dei protocolli anti-Covid pic.twitter.com/WcuO7DyBeD
This incident has also been reported by Corriere dello Sport, who claim that Ronaldo and Rodriguez took a snowmobile ride before settling down for the night in a hotel which was actually closed to the public.
Ronaldo tried to keep the getaway under the radar, but images of the trip surfaced on social media and attracted the attention of the local police. The pictures and videos have since been deleted.
While Ronaldo was hitting the slopes, the rest of his Juventus team-mates were facing SPAL in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.
Manager Andrea Pirlo opted for a heavily rotated team but left Ronaldo out of the squad altogether, with Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur both missing out as well, but Juventus were still far too strong for their opponents and roared to a 4-0 victory.
Goals from Alvaro Morata and left-back Gianluca Frabotta had Juventus 2-0 up at the half-time break, after which Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa both found their way on to the score sheet to seal a comfortable victory.
Ronaldo is currently Serie A's top goalscorer this season, having bagged 15 goals in as many appearances for Juventus.
Despite Ronaldo's electric form, Pirlo's men have struggled to live up to expectations this season. They currently sit fifth in the Serie A standings, seven points behind leaders AC Milan with a game in hand.