International football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronovirus, bringing the total number of cases on the Portuguese national team to three.
The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed the news on Tuesday, stating that the 35-year-old forward is asymptomatic and in isolation.
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Ronaldo tested positive days when Portugal tied 0–0 with France in the League of Nations and a week after playing with Spain in a favorable match. He will not appear in the country’s match against Sweden on Wednesday.
The team’s practice was delayed on Tuesday morning until zero positive cases were seen in the afternoon in anticipation of results from the latest round of tests.
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Defender Jose Fonte and goalkeeper Anthony Lopez tested positive last week, prompting head coach Fernando Santos to display the small number of cases “occurring everywhere in the world”.
“We are the most tested people and we have a guarantee that everyone who is traveling with us to France is negative,” Santos said before the match against France.
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On Monday, Ronaldo, who played club football for Juventus, posted a picture on Twitter showing him and the rest of Portugal having dinner together. The players were close to each other on a table, with Ronaldo clearly photographing himself on the front end.
“United and away from the field!” Ronaldo wrote, in Portuguese.
He can miss the team’s Champions League opener in Juventus’ Serie A match on Saturday and next Tuesday in Dynamo Kiev. Depending on his position and the results of future tests, he could also miss the much-awaited match against Barcelona on 28 October.
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The Portuguese Football Federation did not say how long Ronaldo was expected to be in isolation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.