Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive for COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo
Mandatory Credit: Photo by YOAN VALAT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10568164bu) Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC reacts after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Olympique Lyon and Juventus FC in Lyon, France, 26 February 2020. Olympique Lyon vs Juventus FC, France - 26 Feb 2020

By Adedapo Adesanya

Football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (PFF) on Tuesday.

The Portuguese and Juventus of Italy player was said to be doing well and has not shown any symptoms of the virus but he is currently in isolation.

PFF said: “Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the work of the National Team after a positive test for COVID-19, so he will not face Sweden.

“The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.”

The rest of the Portugal squad were also tested on Tuesday and all returned negative results and are available for the Group C’s A3 match in Lisbon.

“Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in the City of Football,” the statement said.

The European champions will play Sweden for the qualification phase of the Nations League scheduled for Wednesday, at 19:45, in Alvalade.

Ronaldo, 35, played the full 90 minutes of Portugal’s goalless draw with France in Paris on Sunday, having also featured against Spain in Lisbon last Thursday.

Portugal boss, Fernando Santos, said of the draw with France: “It was a very even game; the players were too cautious. I don’t know if there was too much respect from both sides, but the game looked like that. It wasn’t very fast, but it was balanced.”

Portugal goes into the match on top of Group C, having won two of their opening fixtures and drawing the other against Les Bleus.

Sweden have lost all three of their opening matches and are rock bottom without a point

Ronaldo becomes the latest player to test positive for the virus. Others who have contracted the contagion are Paul Pogba, Riyadh Mahrez, Sadio Mane, Aymeric Laporte among others.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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