Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Portuguese soccer federation said Tuesday.

The federation said Ronaldo was doing well and had no symptoms. It did not say when he tested positive.

Ronaldo played in the 0-0 draw at France in the Nations League on Sunday, and also in the 0-0 draw against Spain in a friendly last week.

Ronaldo is in isolation and has been dropped from the country’s Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday in Lisbon.

On Monday, the Juventus forward posted a photo on Twitter showing him and the rest of the Portugal squad having a meal together. The players were all close to each other at a table, with Ronaldo apparently taking the photo himself at the front end.

Along with the tweet, Ronaldo wrote, in Portuguese, “United on and off the field!”

The 35-year-old Ronaldo last month became only the second male soccer player to reach 100 goals for a national team, after former Iran striker Ali Daei.

The federation said Ronaldo’s result prompted another round of tests for the rest of the Portugal squad. It said everyone else in the team tested negative.

Tuesday’s practice session was moved from the morning to the afternoon so there was time for all the results to come back.

Two other Portugal players had tested positive for COVID-19 recently, José Fonte and Anthony Lopes.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said last week the positive results among players were “happening everywhere in the world.”

“We are the most tested people and we have the guarantee that everyone who will be traveling to France with us are negative,” Santos said before the match against France.

Portugal and France lead Group 3 with seven points each after three matches.

The Portuguese federation did not immediately release details about where Ronaldo was in isolation, or for how long he would stay there.

He could miss Juventus’ Serie A match at Crotone on Saturday and the team’s Champions League opener at Dynamo Kyiv next Tuesday. And depending on his condition and the results of future tests, he could also miss the much-anticipated match against Barcelona on Oct. 28.

Juventus had been in isolation following positive tests for two staff members with the club. There has been some controversy that Ronaldo and six other players were allowed to leave the isolated group and join their national teams.

Latest in News

Stephen A Smith

News

Stephen A. Smith on COVID-19 Battle: The Vaccine Saved My Life

News

FBI Creates Website For Photos, Videos From Astroworld Festival

News

Martin Luther King III: ‘No More Empty Words’ on Voting Rights

News

Setting and Sticking to Your Financial Resolutions in 2022

News

Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather and Paul Pierce Sued for Cyrpto Scheme

News

Fat Joe Fundraiser Collects $1 Million For Victims of Bronx Fire

Bad weather

News

Flights Canceled, Power Outages as Winter Storm Slams East Coast

Kris jenner

News

Kris Jenner, Ex-bodyguard to Settle Suit For Allegedly Groping His Crotch