Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19, Portugal’s Football Federation through a statement on its website on Tuesday.
- Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the virus.
- He is asymptomatic and immediately left the Portugal national team to self-isolate.
- Juventus star Ronaldo has played against Spain and France in last week
- He also captured a photo with the entire squad at dinner hours before the news
The 35-year-old forward is asymptomatic and is most likely to miss Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League game against Sweden as he self-isolates.
The federation added that the rest of the Portugal team had undergone tests as a result of Ronaldo testing positive, but they claimed that all tested negative and would be available for the Sweden match.
“No team can be better without the best player in the world but this team has already demonstrated that collectively it has the capacity to tackle the situation,” Portugal head coach Fernando Santos stated in a news conference.
“He (Ronaldo) is managing the situation very well. He is in the room, saying he wants to play, he talks to us from upstairs (from his balcony),” Santos jokingly added.
“He is completely asymptomatic, he is okay, without any symptoms, he doesn’t even know what happened to him.”
Five-time player of the year Ronaldo appeared in his side’s draw away to France in the Nations League on Sunday and last week’s goalless draw in a friendly match at home to Spain.
He is most likely to miss Juve’s Serie A trip to Crotone on Saturday and their Champions League group stage game away to Dynamo Kyiv next Tuesday.