Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has tested positive for COVID-19. This was announced by Portugal’s Football Federation on Tuesday.
In a statement on its website, the Federation said the five-times world’s best footballer of the year winner is in isolation but doing well. He is not showing any signs of the virus.
The rest of the national squad has also been tested and every single player’s results were negative. They are ready to play against the Swedish national team in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday.
IOL reports that the 35-year-old appeard in his side’s 0-0 draw away to France in the Nations League on Sunday, and Wednesday’s 0-0 draw in a friendly at home to Spain.
He has scored 101 goals for his national team and is crucial to keeping their top spot.
Due to being in isolation to avoid spreading the virus, the Juventus striker will most likely miss his club’s two upcoming matches as well.
News24 reports that Giorgio Chiellini said he had spoken to Ronaldo.
"He’s fine and was sunbathing, he’ll be back when he’s ready."
Ciellini went on to say, "we footballers know we take risks, and we are ready to take them, trying to minimise them as much as possible with all the necessary precautions".
In recent weeks, other players like Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Naby Keita also tested positive.
The Northern Hemisphere has been fearing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it seems to be becoming a reality as more infections are being reported daily.
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