Soccer News: Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For COVID-19 After International Friendly
The soccer world has been rocked this week as it has been revealed by the Portuguese Football Federation that the nation’s captain has tested positive for the coronavirus. Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive test came back after Portugal’s 0-0 draw with France on Sunday night, which saw Ronaldo play the full 90 minutes. He was also pictured after the game shaking hands with a number of the French players, including Kylian Mbappe.
The announcement also revealed that the legendary player was ‘doing well’ and that he didn’t have any symptoms after the test was completed. Ronaldo will now be forced to isolate for the next ten days, and that will force him to miss a number of huge upcoming fixtures for his club side Juventus.
Soccer News: Ronaldo Posts Picture On Social Media
The test came back positive after the match against world champions France on Sunday evening, but Ronaldo had shared a picture of the international team enjoying dinner on Monday. It was revealed that the remainder of the national team tested negative for the virus, which means that they will be able to play in Portugal’s next international fixture against Sweden tonight.
It’s fair to say that Portugal’s chances of getting a positive result from that fixture will be affected without their captain to call upon. Ronaldo celebrated scoring 100 international goals against Sweden in September, which also saw him the first player to achieve that feat. However, he will not be able to add to his impressive tally against the Swedes when the sides meet on Wednesday.
Soccer News: Ronaldo Could Miss Messi Showdown
Juventus will feel the loss of Ronaldo more than Portugal, as they will be unable to name their talismanic striker in their matchday squad for a number of the games that they have coming up over the next ten days. Ronaldo will definitely be missing for Serie A games against Crotone and Hellas Verona, while he will also be missing for the opening Champions League fixture against Dynamo Kiev.
However, there has been no word yet whether Ronaldo will be forced to sit out Juventus’ second Champions League fixture against Barcelona. There had been high hopes for the fixture, as it will be the first time that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have come face-to-face since Ronaldo left Real Madrid. That fixture takes place on the 28th October, which will mean that Ronaldo will no longer be in quarantine.