Former India international, Renedy Singh has hailed Juventus ace, Cristiano Ronaldo and urged the young footballers in the country to follow his lead and example in order to stay fit during the lockdown period.
The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic led to a complete suspension of footballing activities for more than two months, only for football to start resuming gradually. India too had to halt football, with Renedy urging youngsters to remain fit in this period of uncertainty.
"I was reading about Ronaldo - how everyone thought his fitness levels would drop when he returns to training but he came back stronger. That is what professionalism is all about. We have to teach that to the younger lot," he said as quoted by Goal.
"Players haven't played for three-four months so they become unfit. They have to keep playing, they play all around the year. They usually don't have rest, except once a week. But due to the pandemic, for the last three months, players are unable to go to the ground and train properly. People who live in villages, at least they can go out and train."
However with sanctions being lifted gradually, footballers in India might soon get to resume training though with precautions as set by the government.