What sporting stars like Neymar are up to as coronavirus pandemic shuts down sporting world


With the first weekend of elite sport suspended as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic upon us, it is not just the regular-going fans who are seeking alternative ways to spend their weekend.

Sports stars all around the world have themselves turned from entertainers to keeping themselves occupied.

Physical activity was of course at the centre of most of their alternative activities, but others preferred to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle for the time being.  

Sergio Ramos put himself through his paces at his Spanish home with La Liga suspended

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was chief among those keeping in shape, running full pelt on his large curved treadmill.

The Spain defender’s Instagram post was supplemented with #teleworking and #ITrainAtHome, with the latter a particular hashtag that sports stars have used this weekend.

Ramos’ Madrid teammate Fede Valverde however preferred to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

Ramos' Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

Ramos’ Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

The Uruguayan midfielder showed his usual burst of energy, playing a game of kick and chase with his dog.

The 21-year-old became a father for the first time last month, but despite posting a picture of him and his baby on his page – it appeared a game against his pet was too tempting to turn down.

Italy was the first European country to feel the real effects of the coronavirus, and after games were played behind closed doors last weekend Serie A has now shut down for the long run.

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

That however has not stopped Juventus star Douglas Costa from keeping his tricky feet busy, even if his opponent at the moment is perhaps not the most challenging.

The Brazilian posted a video on his Instagram of him playing a game of keep ball, with a few keepy-uppies included, while his dog futilely chased it from side to side.

Costa’s Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt was also keeping busy, but the Dutchman preferred an indoor activity.

Matthijs de Ligt's girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Matthijs de Ligt’s girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Annekee Molenaar's post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club's shirt at his home

Annekee Molenaar’s post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club’s shirt at his home

The defender’s model girlfriend Annekee Molenaar also took to Instagram to show her playing a game of table tennis against her boyfriend, who was wearing the top of the current Serie A champions.

And Molenaar asked those who had viewed her story to predict who won between the pair, with the post accompanied by a laughing emoji. 

Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile however turned his hand to a an art completely different to sport.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Immobile's wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative's hair

Immobile’s wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative’s hair

The 30-year-old’s wife Jessica Melena posted a series of stories of the former Borussia Dortmund striker giving her relative a haircut, showing as much precision with a razor in hand as he does in front of goal. 

Fellow striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show his dexterity as opposed to his brilliant skills with his feet.

The Polish marksman uploaded a photo of him building a series of figures with his child, with the hashtag #stayathome.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands 

The Bayern Munich striker will soon have his hands even more full with partner Anna expecting their second child. 

Ben Foster however appeared to completely ignore the guidelines put in place to stay at home.

Three Watford players had been tested for coronavirus, but the former England goalkeeper refused to be tied down to the restraints of self isolation.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

On his Instagram story, Foster captured a picture of his bike and a car and said: ‘ A free Saturday to do whatever I want with…’ 

Football of course is not the only sport to have been affected, with Formula One’s season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix – which was scheduled for Sunday – now off due to the pandemic.

But despite the cancellation, Lewis Hamilton – who was looking to begin his bid to match Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles this month – stuck around in the Australian city for some indoor rock climbing.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix's suspension

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix’s suspension

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old posted on Instagram saying:  ‘Gutted to not be qualifying today. I decided to stick around Melbourne and go indoor rock climbing. It’s a great way for me to stay focused.

‘I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have been sending me such positive messages. Hope you are all staying safe. Sending you all love and positivity’.

Others however preferred to use this weekend for some rest and kicked back with digital entertainment.

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite 

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar inspired his side to victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

But with no further football on the immediate horizon, the Brazilian kicked back to catch up on Spanish thriller Netflix series Elite.

And NBA star LeBron James was seen embracing the Tik Tok culture, with his children dancing with animated TV series American Dad playing in the background. 

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

Neymar’s PSG teammate Ander Herrera however showed his mischievous side off the field this time.

The former Manchester United midfielder played on his partner Isabel Collado’s fear of snakes by putting a fake reptile on one of the chairs at his home.

Collado was grabbed giving Herrera a stern look before walking away as the Spaniard zoomed in on the centre of his prank. 

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

 

What sporting stars like Neymar are up to as coronavirus pandemic shuts down sporting world


With the first weekend of elite sport suspended as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic upon us, it is not just the regular-going fans who are seeking alternative ways to spend their weekend.

Sports stars all around the world have themselves turned from entertainers to keeping themselves occupied.

Physical activity was of course at the centre of most of their alternative activities, but others preferred to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle for the time being.  

Sergio Ramos put himself through his paces at his Spanish home with La Liga suspended

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was chief among those keeping in shape, running full pelt on his large curved treadmill.

The Spain defender’s Instagram post was supplemented with #teleworking and #ITrainAtHome, with the latter a particular hashtag that sports stars have used this weekend.

Ramos’ Madrid teammate Fede Valverde however preferred to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

Ramos' Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

Ramos’ Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

The Uruguayan midfielder showed his usual burst of energy, playing a game of kick and chase with his dog.

The 21-year-old became a father for the first time last month, but despite posting a picture of him and his baby on his page – it appeared a game against his pet was too tempting to turn down.

Italy was the first European country to feel the real effects of the coronavirus, and after games were played behind closed doors last weekend Serie A has now shut down for the long run.

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

That however has not stopped Juventus star Douglas Costa from keeping his tricky feet busy, even if his opponent at the moment is perhaps not the most challenging.

The Brazilian posted a video on his Instagram of him playing a game of keep ball, with a few keepy-uppies included, while his dog futilely chased it from side to side.

Costa’s Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt was also keeping busy, but the Dutchman preferred an indoor activity.

Matthijs de Ligt's girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Matthijs de Ligt’s girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Annekee Molenaar's post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club's shirt at his home

Annekee Molenaar’s post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club’s shirt at his home

The defender’s model girlfriend Annekee Molenaar also took to Instagram to show her playing a game of table tennis against her boyfriend, who was wearing the top of the current Serie A champions.

And Molenaar asked those who had viewed her story to predict who won between the pair, with the post accompanied by a laughing emoji. 

Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile however turned his hand to a an art completely different to sport.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Immobile's wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative's hair

Immobile’s wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative’s hair

The 30-year-old’s wife Jessica Melena posted a series of stories of the former Borussia Dortmund striker giving her relative a haircut, showing as much precision with a razor in hand as he does in front of goal. 

Fellow striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show his dexterity as opposed to his brilliant skills with his feet.

The Polish marksman uploaded a photo of him building a series of figures with his child, with the hashtag #stayathome.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands 

The Bayern Munich striker will soon have his hands even more full with partner Anna expecting their second child. 

Ben Foster however appeared to completely ignore the guidelines put in place to stay at home.

Three Watford players had been tested for coronavirus, but the former England goalkeeper refused to be tied down to the restraints of self isolation.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

On his Instagram story, Foster captured a picture of his bike and a car and said: ‘ A free Saturday to do whatever I want with…’ 

Football of course is not the only sport to have been affected, with Formula One’s season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix – which was scheduled for Sunday – now off due to the pandemic.

But despite the cancellation, Lewis Hamilton – who was looking to begin his bid to match Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles this month – stuck around in the Australian city for some indoor rock climbing.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix's suspension

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix’s suspension

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old posted on Instagram saying:  ‘Gutted to not be qualifying today. I decided to stick around Melbourne and go indoor rock climbing. It’s a great way for me to stay focused.

‘I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have been sending me such positive messages. Hope you are all staying safe. Sending you all love and positivity’.

Others however preferred to use this weekend for some rest and kicked back with digital entertainment.

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite 

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar inspired his side to victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

But with no further football on the immediate horizon, the Brazilian kicked back to catch up on Spanish thriller Netflix series Elite.

And NBA star LeBron James was seen embracing the Tik Tok culture, with his children dancing with animated TV series American Dad playing in the background. 

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

Neymar’s PSG teammate Ander Herrera however showed his mischievous side off the field this time.

The former Manchester United midfielder played on his partner Isabel Collado’s fear of snakes by putting a fake reptile on one of the chairs at his home.

Collado was grabbed giving Herrera a stern look before walking away as the Spaniard zoomed in on the centre of his prank. 

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile