Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal's next match against Sweden

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PORTUGAL. Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes just days after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner played for Portugal against France in the Nations League in an international friendly match. This indicates that he has come into recent contact with a host of football’s top stars.

Ronaldo immediately left the national team after his COVID-19 test. Due to this, he will miss Wednesday’s match against Sweden. Along with that, he will also miss his upcoming club matches for Juventus.

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Just hours before the news was announced, Ronaldo clicked a picture with his international team-mates at dinner.
According to the reports, the 35-year-old is asymptomatic and is now self-isolating. Ronaldo’s positive test comes shortly after two of his Portuguese team-mates also tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, Portuguese footballers, Anthony Lopes and Jose Fonte also tested positive for COVID-19.

In an open statement, the Portuguese Football Association said: “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 Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation”.

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Following the positive case of Ronaldo, the remaining players underwent new tests on Tuesday morning. Luckily, all of them tested negative in the COVID-19 test.

The likes of Milan Skriniar, Leo Dubois, Manuel Akanji, Naby Keita and Amadou Diawara have all also contracted COVID-19 while away with their national teams.

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Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s positive test will raise questions over whether international fixtures should have gone at the height of a pandemic.

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