Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for the Portuguese Football Federation (AEDT) coronavirus, which was announced Wednesday.
Juventus’ 35-year-old forward is “asymptomatic” but “doesn’t play Sweden” in a Nations League match Thursday, the federation said on its website.
“He’s fine and perfect,” Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini told Italian journalist Tanklady Palmeri. “He was tanned.”
Ronaldo, who was named the world’s top player five times, played against France in the Portuguese Goalless Nations League on Sunday.
According to the French Football Federation, the federation added that after the test Wednesday morning, the rest of Portugal’s teams, as well as the French team, were “all negative”.
According to local health officials in the Piedmont region of Italy, the test results have reopened the controversy over his departure from Juventus’ home in Turin for a Portuguese training camp that was a violation of the viral protocol.
Ronaldo and other Juventus stars left to join the national team, despite the team’s isolation, after two staff members tested positive for the virus.
Roberto Testi, director of the community health authorities, said local prosecutors had been informed of the player’s unauthorized departure.
The images that superstars shared on social media yesterday are also frowned upon.
The Associated Press soccer correspondent Rob Harris tweeted that “the Portuguese team’s meal yesterday wasn’t too socially distant,” and others advised Ronaldo to remove the photo.
Ronaldo misses a key match
Ronaldo has scored 101 goals in Portugal and is aiming to stay on top of the group, which will be a big absence for the team with Sweden.
The onset of his illness is also for Juventus, as Ronaldo’s health protocol in Serie A states that he must self-isolate for 10 days and then record a negative test before resuming play. It’s a big blow.
This means Ronaldo will miss the Juventus Serie A match at Crotone on Saturday and the opening Champions League group stage game of the Italian Champions League at Dynamo Kyiv within a week.
Test results also mean that Ronaldo is skeptical of the Juventus Champions League match against Barcelona on October 28, which was set to play against his old rival Lionel Messi.
The news sent a shock wave through world football.
“I hope Cristiano will do his best for a quick recovery,” Piers Morgan tweeted.
Former England national team Gary Lineker wrote: “I’m sure he’ll see it off as comfortably as a defender.”
His girlfriend, Georgina Ronaldo, posted an Instagram story with a photo and caption of Ronaldo in bed: “You are my inspiration.”
COVID WREAKS HAVOC IN INTERNATIONALS
Ronaldo, who also starred in Manchester United and Real Madrid, is the most famous footballer who has tested positive for COVID-19, which has killed more than a million people since the start of the pandemic earlier this year.
Brazil’s forward Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe and AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have also been positive for the virus in recent weeks.
Premier League champions Liverpool have isolated Senegalese forward Sadio Mané and Spain’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara after a positive test last week.
Last week, two of Ronaldo’s Portuguese teammates (goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and defender Jose Fonte) also returned a positive test and were kicked out of the Nations League match.
International breaks are characterized by many players infected with the virus as the virus continues to spread around the world.
In the Republic of Ireland, five players were excluded shortly before the Nations League draw with Wales after one team member was tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, Ukraine had to draft 45-year-old assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovsky for a friendly match against France last week as the virus swept the team.
Ukraine also lost to Germany in the Nations League on Saturday, leaving 14 players missing either injured or positive for the virus.
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