Portugal captain and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, the Portuguese Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday, 13th October.
According to the federation, the player has been isolated and asymptomatic, while the rest of the Portuguese team tested negative in the subsequent tests.
The 35-year-old, who played all the 90 minutes for Portugal in Sunday’s scoreless Uefa Nations League match against France, will miss the next match against Sweden, on Wednesday, 14th October.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the work of the national team after a positive test for Covid-19,” PFF’s statement read in part.
“The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation. Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests on Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in the City of Football.”
On Monday, 12th October, Ronaldo posted a photo on Twitter in which he appeared with the rest of the Portugal squad sharing a meal. The players were close to each other and none was wearing a face mask.
Ronaldo captioned the image in Portuguese: “United on and off the pitch!”
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is the latest high-profile footballer to test positive for Covid-19, which has killed over a million people worldwide so far.
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Brazilian forward Neymar, and his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe, have also tested positive for the virus in recent weeks