Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19

Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus and has been ruled out of a midweek Nations League fixture with his country.

On Tuesday the 35-year-old is said to be “fine and sunbathing”.

Ronaldo “is asymptomatic” and “will not play against Sweden” in Wednesday’s Nations League match, the Portuguese federation said on its website.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner played in Portugal’s goalless Nations League draw against France in Paris on Sunday.

The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad were “all negative” after tests on Tuesday morning, as was the France squad, according to the French Football Federation.

“We have respected all the health measures…and yet it happened,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos told a press conference. “We have been doing tests every day.”

Portugal are top of the group, level on points with the world champions.

Ronaldo became the first European to score 100 international goals in men’s football when his side beat Sweden in the reverse Nations League fixture in September.

As a result of his period of quarantine, Ronaldo is also set to miss Juventus’ Serie A fixture at Crotone on 17 October and his side’s opening Champions League group game against Dynamo Kiev on 20 October.

He also risks missing Juve’s Champions League clash with Barcelona on 28 October, which was set to pit Ronaldo against his old rival Lionel Messi.

 

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