Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive for COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo has contracted the coronavirus.

In a translated statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) on Tuesday, the athlete is “well, without symptoms, and in isolation.”

However, It is unclear when the soccer star tested positive.

Because of his health, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s game against Sweden, as well as upcoming matches against Italian football club Crotone and the Ukrainian team Dynamo Kyiv.

The 35-year-old Juventus forward played a game against France on Sunday and a match against Spain last week.

The FPF also noted that every player other than Ronaldo tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.

Hours before his diagnosis was announced, Ronaldo posted a photo on Instagram where he and his teammates are enjoying a meal. However, the players are neither social distancing nor wearing masks. (It is unclear when the picture was taken.)

Per The Associated Press, fellow Portuguese players José Fonte and Anthony Lopes have recently tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

Back in March, Ronaldo played his 1,000th official game as a professional soccer player at a stadium in Turin, Italy. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, no fans were allowed inside the arena.

“So proud to reach 1000 official games in my career with a very important victory that put us on the top of the table again!💪🏽,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, my family & friends and to my fans that helped me to reach this great achievement.”

According to Google, as of October 13 at 11:28 a.m. PST, around 38 million people have contracted the coronavirus, and around 1.08 million people have died due to illnesses related to COVID-19.


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