Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus days after playing for Portugal against Spain and France and just HOURS after posing for a photo with his teammates at dinner
- Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Covid-19
- He is asymptomatic and immediately left the Portugal national team to isolate
- Juventus superstar Ronaldo has played against Spain and France in last week
- He also posed for a photo with the entire squad at dinner hours before the news
Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, Portuguese football authorities announced today.
The 35-year-old superstar is asymptomatic but has gone into isolation and will miss Portugal’s match against Sweden on Wednesday.
The news comes just days after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner played for Portugal against France in the Nations League and Spain in an international friendly, meaning that he has come into recent contact with a host of football’s top stars.
Ronaldo immediately left the national team after returning his positive test and is now a doubt for forthcoming Juventus matches.
Ronaldo (bottom left) poses for a photo with his team-mates just hours before the news broke
Cristiano Ronaldo – pictured at close quarters with France’s Kylian Mbappe while playing for Portugal against France on Sunday – has tested positive for coronavirus
Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez immediately posted a picture that appeared to show her on a FaceTime call with the player, calling him ‘my inspiration’
There is also concern for his international team-mates after Ronaldo posed for a picture just hours before the news was announced, with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star smiling for a selfie at dinner.
Among those sitting close to Ronaldo at the table were his former Real Madrid team-mate Pepe and Sergio Oliveira, who also plays for Porto, Daniel Podence of Wolves and Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo. Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes is also in the Portugal squad.
During the game against France on Sunday night, Ronaldo was seen shaking hands with a number of top stars including Kylian Mbappe at full-time, while Eduardo Camavinga swapped shirts with the Portugal star and later posted to say that he ‘wouldn’t wash it’.
It has been confirmed that the 35-year-old is asymptomatic and is now self-isolating while he recovers.
Ronaldo touches Kylian Mbappe at the end of Portugal’s game with France on Sunday night
Ronaldo puts an arm around Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane on Sunday
There were also hugs for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud at the end of the Nations League clash
Mere minutes after the announcement was made, Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez posted a picture to Instagram which appeared to show the Portugal superstar in good spirits during a FaceTime call with her.
Alongside the snap, she wrote ‘You are my inspiration @Cristiano.’
Ronaldo’s positive test comes shortly after two of his Portuguese team-mates also tested positive for Covid-19.
Earlier in the international break, Anthony Lopes and Jose Fonte had contracted the virus and were also immediately sent away from the group.
France youngster Eduardo Camavinga claimed he would ‘not wash’ Ronaldo’s shirt on Sunday
The news of Ronaldo’s positive test was confirmed in a statement from the Portuguese FA, which reads: ‘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.
‘Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.’
Ronaldo’s positive test will raise further questions over whether international fixtures should have gone ahead at the height of a worldwide pandemic.
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, much to the ire of their club bosses.
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