Ex-Barcelona and Arsenal player Alexander Hleb suggested that football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may join Belarussian clubs due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
"When the NHL closed the season, a lot of ice hockey players went to Russia to play. Maybe Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo might come to the Belarus league to continue. All the world now watches Belarusian league. Everybody should go switch on their TV sets and see us", the 38-year-old player told the Sun newspaper.
Hleb admitted that no one cares about that coronavirus in Belarus, saying people continue attending event in public places, and regularly go to restaurants and cafes. Football players, Hleb said, have been training as always and preparing for the new season. The athlete said that he tries to keep minimum social contact, because cares about his health and family.
"It’s very difficult to explain our country. All leagues have closed but we don’t seem to think it’s a problem. Why? I don’t know", Hleb said.