Cristiano Ronaldo exams optimistic for coronavirus: Portuguese FA

By Associated Press

LISBON: Cristiano Ronaldo has develop into the newest high-profile soccer star to check optimistic for the coronavirus.

The Portuguese soccer federation mentioned Tuesday that Ronaldo was doing properly and had no signs after he examined optimistic whereas along with his nation’s nationwide crew.

He was in isolation and was dropped from the nation’s Nations League match towards Sweden on Wednesday in Lisbon.

Ronaldo, one of the vital prolific purpose scorers within the sport’s historical past, performed within the Zero-Zero draw at France within the Nations League on Sunday and within the Zero-Zero draw towards Spain in a pleasant final week.

On Monday, the Juventus ahead posted a photograph on Twitter and Instagram exhibiting him and the remainder of the Portugal squad having a meal collectively. The gamers had been all shut to one another at a desk, with a smiling Ronaldo apparently taking the photograph himself on the entrance finish.

Along with the tweet, Ronaldo wrote, in Portuguese, “United on and off the field!”

The 35-year-old Ronaldo final month turned solely the second male soccer participant to succeed in 100 objectives for a nationwide crew, after former Iran striker Ali Daei.

Players who examined optimistic for COVID-19 just lately embody Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala, Ángel Di María, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa.

The Portuguese federation mentioned Ronaldo’s end result prompted one other spherical of exams for the remainder of the nationwide squad. It mentioned everybody else within the crew examined adverse.

Tuesday’s follow session was moved from the morning to the afternoon so there was time for all the outcomes to return again.

The Portuguese federation didn’t instantly launch particulars about the place Ronaldo was in isolation, or for a way lengthy he would keep there.

The Portuguese each day Record mentioned Ronaldo’s optimistic end result got here after he was examined on Monday. The nationwide crew gamers have been examined seven instances within the final eight days, Portuguese media mentioned.

Speaking throughout an official go to to Belgium, Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa mentioned he had already wished Ronaldo the very best in his restoration. He mentioned the Portuguese star underwent a second take a look at instantly after having the primary optimistic end result confirmed.

Two different Portugal gamers, José Fonte and Anthony Lopes, examined optimistic for COVID-19 just lately.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos downplayed the optimistic outcomes final week, saying that gamers had been getting contaminated “everywhere in the world.”

“We are the most tested people and we have the guarantee that everyone who will be traveling to France with us are negative,” Santos mentioned earlier than the match towards France.

Portugal and France lead Group three of the Nations League with seven factors every after three matches.

Ronaldo might miss Juventus’ Serie A match at Crotone on Saturday and the crew’s Champions League opener at Dynamo Kyiv subsequent Tuesday. And relying on his situation and the outcomes of future exams, he might additionally miss the much-anticipated match towards Barcelona on Oct. 28.

Juventus had been in isolation following optimistic exams for 2 workers members. There has been some controversy that Ronaldo and 6 different gamers had been allowed to go away the remoted group and be a part of their nationwide groups.

Portugal’s subsequent spherical of matches might be subsequent month.

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