Jardel turned 34 on March 29. In a time of social isolation due to COVID-19, the captain of Sport Lisboa e Benfica celebrated at home with his close family.
How have your days been in this period of confinement?
My days have been similar to most people'. The whole world is standing still. I've been doing my training through the plans Benfica sends us every week.
How have you been following the situation in Brazil, your home country?
I'm a little scared about what might happen there, since Brazil is a very big country, with 220 million inhabitants. We are concerned about having family and friends there, but from what I have seen, the authorities there have also taken swift action so that the virus does not spread too fast. Now we have to stay at home, respect others, those who need it most and wait for all this to go away.
What message do you want to leave for the Benfica fans?
First of all, I want to thank you. I think 'gratitude' is the right word at the moment since it's more than nine years at the Club. No doubt it's a great joy to be able to represent Benfica and to share the moments of glory. The message I want to leave at this difficult time is that we have to protect ourselves, to protect our neighbor because I am sure that if we do, we will win this together as we always have.
Text: Márcia Dores
Photos: SL Benfica