Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19, in isolation


Portugal and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday.

Portugal confirmed in a statement that Ronaldo is in isolation and not showing symptoms. He was later seen monitoring the team’s training session from a terrace of the bedroom in which he is staying in Portugal’s City of Football headquarters.

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The statement added that following Ronaldo’s test, the remaining players in the Portugal squad underwent new tests on Tuesday, which came back negative.

Portugal will be without Ronaldo when they host Sweden on Wednesday in a UEFA Nations League game.

The 35-year-old played all of Sunday’s 0-0 draw against world champions France and came closest to scoring when he fired a left-footed strike at goal in added time, but his deflected shot was well saved by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

He also started in Portugal’s goalless draw against Spain in Lisbon last week, a game that marked his 200th appearance for his country at both youth and senior level.

On Monday, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself with the Portugal squad alongside the message: “United on and off the field!”

Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, posted a photograph of him wearing the Portugal jersey with the message: “God gives great battles to great warriors and it is one more war that you will win son.”

Ronaldo is the third Portugal player to test positive in recent days, with Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes receiving positive test results last week.

“Unfortunately, we already had two players test positive. And today we have it again. It’s very abnormal,” Portugal manager Fernando Santos told a news conference on Tuesday.

Santos said Ronaldo first tested positive on Monday night.

“Yesterday [Monday] night, after the test, Ronaldo and all the players went into isolation. During the night, we heard about the positive test and in the morning Ronaldo was tested again, as were the other players. He’s in the room, he’s fine and asymptomatic. I don’t even understand what happened to him,” he said. “These are difficult times and, at the beginning, there is always room for apprehension and anxiety. Then, everything calms down and everything goes back to normal. Other players are negative and life goes on.”

Santos assured reporters the team has been taking every precaution to prevent infections.

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