The Portugal national team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Portugal’s soccer federation said Tuesday that the 35-year-old famous athlete, will isolate himself from teammates. Another round of testing revealed he was the only player on the team to test positive. The association said Cristiano “is doing well, asymptomatic, and in isolation.”
Ronaldo, a forward for the Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team, played in a friendly match against Spain last week and in the Nations League match against France on Sunday. Neither of the other two teams have reported positive cases.
On Monday, Ronaldo posted a photo of himself on social media dining with his teammates. “United on and off the field,” he wrote.
Two other Portugal players, Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes, tested positive last week, according to ESPN. Earlier this year, three Juventus players — Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala — and the team doctor contracted the coronavirus, according to The Associated Press.
And earlier this month, two staff members contracted the virus, forcing the team to quarantine. Ronaldo will sit out Portugal’s UEFA Nations League game against Sweden on Wednesday. The match has not been postponed.
The Juventus FC coach for the under 23 reserve team, Lamberto Zauli, also tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, the club said Tuesday. The reserve team has entered into isolation as a result. “The club is in constant contact with the competent health authorities,” the statement read.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the work of the national team after a positive test for COVID-19, so he will not face Sweden,” an official statement read. “The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.
“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 Cidade do Futebol. The game, counting for the qualification phase of the League of Nations, is scheduled for Wednesday, at 19:45, in Alvalade.”
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