The cancellation of football games due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) forced football players to stay at home.
In doing so, they contribute in the massive drive to curb the spread of the disease which is now hounding Europe and the rest of the world.
The biggest challenge of being in self-isolation is how to fight boredom. Being creative as they are, these players have devised ways to keep them up and about.
Working out at home is the top agenda amongst them.
RAMOS ON TREADMILL
A day after La Liga matches were halted and Spain put in lockdown, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was seen working out on his treadmill at his home gymnasium.
In more ways than one, Ramos did not only show he wants to stay fit but he also trained with his three children whilst encouraging others to be safe.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona also showed how he stays fit by jumping ropes and doing calisthenics in his garden.
For Barcelona forward Ansu Fati and Madri goalkeeper Thibaut Cortois, playing video games is their way of spending time off.
For his part, Leganes fitness trainer Pol Lorente hosted a live video session to demonstrate the exercises players must do at home while in self-isolation.
TOILET PAPER CHALLENGE
As for Lionel Messi, the Barca talisman led the way in doing the toilet roll keepie-uppies or otherwise known as the Toilet Paper Challenge. And as what he does best on field, Messi did the challenge with aplomb at the comfort of his abode.
To stay in shape, others who took on the challenge include Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher, Anthony Martial, Tammy Abraham, Nani, Felipe Melo and Phil Foden to the delight of fans watching their respective videos.
For Liverpool’s James Milner, it’s a little-less physical and a bit strange as he keeps himself busy by sorting out his tea bags and cutting his grass with a pair of scissors.
Another eye-catching move was done by AC Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He urged fellow players to help raise one million euros via his “Kick Coronavirus Away’’ video.
Everyone is still at a loss as to when the coronavirus disease would die down, but we should thank these players for making us smile and keeping us in positive mode in these trying times.