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'We are not like Ronaldo' - Serie B goalkeeper Paleari outlines financial struggles for players amid coronavirus crisis

Italy has been left devastated by the Covid-19 outbreak and the shot-stopper highlighted that not all players can afford to waive their salaries

Cittadella goalkeeper Alberto Paleari has said that footballers are “not all like Cristiano Ronaldo” as clubs around the world ask their players to defer their wages amid financial instability during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Europe, Italy has been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 outbreak, with over 57,000 confirmed cases to date and the death toll passing the 7,500 mark on Wednesday.

Government protocols have been put in place in an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly illness, with all sport in the country having been suspended indefinitely and citizens under strict quarantine rules amid the global emergency.