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Football hiatus: What are the players doing instead?

Football hiatus: What are the players doing instead?
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With the 2019/20 football season suspended for the foreseeable future, it’s time to check out what the players have been doing instead.

The coronavirus outbreak has suspended all football activity in Europe’s Top 5 leagues. It’s brought an end to what was shaping up to be an exciting final third of the 2019/20 season. Whether we’ll see any more action soon is doubtful, for now at least.

Now the players find themselves in the unexpected position of having the entire weekend free, and possibly the week itself. Most can no longer attend training sessions for obvious reasons as they enter isolation.

So what have they been doing instead?

Presnel Kimpembe

The PSG defender has stuck to health guidelines by indulging himself in some video games at home. It’s not a bad way to past the time, considering he doesn’t have much else to do.

Douglas Costa

The Juventus winger has suffered a difficult season due to some persistent muscle injury problems. Therefore, he’s made just six starts in his 14 Serie A appearances amid the constant setbacks. If anyone will be relieved to have a break, then it’s got to be this guy.

Fair play to Costa, though, for trying to get in some football practice with a little help from his four-legged partner.

Raphael Varane

The French defender is clearly having no trouble staying at home all day with the luxury of his own personal gym. 

Matthijs de Ligt

The poor kid seems to have already forgotten what a football looks like while stuck in isolation.

Alexis Sanchez

In light of a difficult season on loan at Inter Milan, Sanchez hasn’t wasted a minute on building up his fitness. And what better way to train than lifting heavy logs?

The Chilean also spared some time with his beloved dogs, Atom and Humber.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Obviously keen to keep up his brilliant form this season, the Barcelona goalkeeper is putting himself through a rigorous workout programme at home.

Lionel Messi

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been taking it easy at home with his family in Barcelona at this difficult time. While he hasn’t divulged anything on his own circumstances, Messi wrote a message for fans on Saturday.

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Son días complicados para todo el mundo. Vivimos preocupados por lo que está ocurriendo y queremos ayudar poniéndonos en el lugar de aquellos que peor lo están pasando, o bien porque les afectó directamente a ellos o sus familiares y amigos, o porque están trabajando en primera línea para combatirlo en hospitales y centros de salud. Quiero enviarles mucha fuerza a todos ellos. La salud debe ser siempre lo primero. Es un momento excepcional y hay que seguir las indicaciones tanto de las organizaciones sanitarias como de las autoridades públicas. Sólo así podremos combatirlo de manera efectiva. Es el momento de ser responsable y quedarse en casa, además es perfecto para disfrutar ese tiempo con los tuyos que no siempre se puede tener. Un abrazo y ojalá consigamos darle vuelta a esta situación cuanto antes. #QuedateEnCasa #StayAtHome

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Karim Benzema

Like Real Madrid teammate Varane, Benzema has been working up a sweat in his own personal gym. Although that hasn’t stopped him from complaining…

Sergio Ramos

While training at Real Madrid is officially over for now, Ramos is working hard at home to maintain his fitness levels. He’s posted footage of himself on a running machine and thanked health professionals for their great work.

Cristiano Ronaldo

After writing a message to urge everyone to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ronaldo hasn’t given out any more updates.

He’s currently in insolation in his hometown of Madeira for the foreseeable future with his family. Although his sister, Katia Aveiro, did post this photo of them last week.