Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus: Report

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Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus, reported local media citing the Portuguese Football Federation
Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus, reported local media citing the Portuguese Football Federation

LISBON —Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus, reported local media citing the Portuguese Football Federation. "Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the work of the National Team after a positive test for COVID-19, so he will not face Sweden," the statement said.

"The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation," it added. The rest of the Portugal team show negative results and are available for the selection. Portugal will take on Sweden in the Nations League on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Juventus forward played the full 90 minutes of Portugal's goalless draw with France in Paris on Sunday, having also featured against Spain in Lisbon last Thursday.

Ronaldo will now miss his country's next Nations League fixture against Sweden on Wednesday, as well as Juventus' upcoming matches, which include a Serie A clash with Crotone and a Champions League group game against Dynamo Kyiv.

Despite surging cases of COVID-19 across the globe, many footballers have left their clubs to play international games. However, some clubs have not released players to play for their countries, including Austrian side RB Salzburg whose players were called up for Mali, Cameroon, Zambia, Austria and Hungary.

On Monday, Ronaldo posted a photo to social media of him sharing a meal with his Portugal teammates. The forward has scored three league goals in two games for Juventus so far this season — one against Sampdoria and a brace against AS Roma.

He also scored twice as Portugal defeated Sweden 2-0 in the Nations League last month. With his first goal against Sweden, Ronaldo became the second player ever to reach the milestone of 100 international goals. He is now eight goals behind the all-time international record of 109 set by Iranian Ali Daei. — Agencies


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