Soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo has withdrawn from the Portugal squad after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Juventus attacker is said to be “well, without symptoms, and in isolation” by the Portuguese Football Federation.
Ronaldo played for Portugal against France in a Nations League match on Sunday following a friendly outing against Spain last week. He’s now set to miss Portugal’s next Nations League game against Sweden, which comes on Wednesday. He will also miss Juventus’ Serie a fixture against Crotone, plus the club’s Champions League outing against Dynamo Kyiv. The federation has assured that everyone else in the squad returned negative tests.
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“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the work of the National Team after a positive test for COVID-19, so he will not face Sweden. The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation. Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.”
Football’s international break continued as planned, with many players leaving their clubs to play for their countries. Some clubs, though, refused to release members of their squads for international duty.
Ronaldo posted a photo to social media showing him sharing a meal with his Portugal teammates on Monday.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar has scored three goals in two Serie A appearances for Juve so far this season. He scored both goals in Portugal’s 2-0 win against Sweden in Nations League competition in September. The first goal of that match saw him become the second player ever to register 100 international goals and he’s now just eight goals shy of Iran’s Ali Daei’s 109 goals in what must be a quest to become the World’s top international scorer.
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