International football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the Portuguese national team to three.
The Portuguese football federation confirmed the news on Tuesday, adding that the 35-year-old striker was asymptomatic and isolated.
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Ronaldo tested positive days after Portugal drew 0-0 with France in the Nations League and a week after facing Spain in a friendly. He will not appear in the country’s game against Sweden on Wednesday.
The team’s training on Tuesday morning was delayed until later in the afternoon in anticipation of the results of the team’s latest round of tests which saw no positive cases.
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Defender José Fonte and goalkeeper Anthony Lopes tested positive last week, prompting head coach Fernando Santos to attribute the small number of cases to something “happening all over the world”.
“We are the most tested people and we have the guarantee that everyone who travels to France with us will be negative,” Santos added ahead of the game against France.
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On Monday, Ronaldo, who plays club football for Juventus, posted a photo on Twitter showing him and the rest of the Portuguese squad having a meal together. The players were all close to each other at a table, with Ronaldo apparently taking the photo himself up front.
“United on and off the pitch!” Ronaldo wrote, in Portuguese.
He could miss Juventus’ Serie A game in Crotone on Saturday and the team’s Champions League opener at Dynamo Kyiv next Tuesday. Depending on his condition and future test results, he could also miss the highly anticipated game against Barcelona on October 28.
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The Portuguese football federation has not said how long Ronaldo must remain in isolation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.