Cristiano Ronaldo checks constructive for coronavirus, leaves Portugal squad

Portugal and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has examined constructive for the coronavirus, the Portuguese soccer federation introduced on Tuesday.

Portugal confirmed in a statement that Ronaldo is in isolation and never displaying signs. He was later seen monitoring the team’s training session from a terrace of the bed room by which he’s staying in Portugal’s Metropolis of Soccer headquarters.

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The assertion added that following Ronaldo’s take a look at, the remaining gamers within the Portugal squad underwent new checks on Tuesday, which got here again destructive.

Portugal can be with out Ronaldo once they host Sweden on Wednesday in a UEFA Nations League sport.

The 35-year-old performed all of Sunday’s 0-0 draw in opposition to world champions France and got here closest to scoring when he fired a left-footed strike at aim in added time, however his deflected shot was nicely saved by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

He additionally began in Portugal’s goalless draw in opposition to Spain in Lisbon final week, a sport that marked his two hundredth look for his nation at each youth and senior degree.

On Monday, Ronaldo posted an image of himself with the Portugal squad alongside the message: “United on and off the sphere!”

Ronaldo’s mom, Dolores Aveiro, posted a photograph of him sporting the Portugal jersey with the message: “God offers nice battles to nice warriors and it’s another conflict that you’ll win son.”

Ronaldo is the third Portugal participant to check constructive in current days, with Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes receiving constructive take a look at outcomes final week.

“Sadly, we already had two gamers take a look at constructive. And as we speak we’ve it once more. It’s extremely irregular,” Portugal supervisor Fernando Santos advised a information convention on Tuesday.

Santos mentioned Ronaldo first examined constructive on Monday evening.

“Yesterday [Monday] evening, after the take a look at, Ronaldo and all of the gamers went into isolation. Through the evening, we heard concerning the constructive take a look at and within the morning Ronaldo was examined once more, as have been the opposite gamers. He is within the room, he is high-quality and asymptomatic. I do not even perceive what occurred to him,” he mentioned. “These are tough instances and, at the start, there may be all the time room for apprehension and nervousness. Then, every little thing calms down and every little thing goes again to regular. Different gamers are destructive and life goes on.”

Santos assured reporters the crew has been taking each precaution to stop infections.

“This COVID-19 query, in addition to being unhappy from a human standpoint, [is] additionally [sad] as a result of we’ve completed every little thing that we have been advised to do. For us, well being is essential,” Santos mentioned. “Since Monday, we’ve been utterly confined right here. The workers and gamers entered and nobody else entered. Nobody from the skin has entered.

“Within the first stage [international window] we had no issues, however right here it has occurred and it was not because of noncompliance with the principles. This isn’t the place the virus attacked. That is how issues are. Gamers have been involved with conserving the principles secure. We did seven checks, day-after-day we have been examined, so clearly that is what leaves us this style that we did every little thing and it occurred. Sadly, no one actually is aware of what this situation is. I did not discover. We left, the bus, airport … We complied with the principles of the DGS [health authorities].”

Ronaldo is now a doubt for Juventus‘ Serie A sport in opposition to Crotone on Saturday and their Champions League opener in opposition to Dynamo Kiev subsequent Tuesday as he undergoes an isolation interval.

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He was amongst a number of Juve gamers who joined up with their nationwide groups final week and didn’t stay in quarantine in Turin after Juve reported that two staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Juve introduced that the squad remoted at Juve’s lodge as per the protocol by Turin’s well being authorities.

Ronaldo did take a look at destructive in a single take a look at carried out in Turin however left Juve’s lodge on Monday earlier than the second take a look at was carried out.

Juventus gamers weren’t allowed by the native well being authorities to depart the lodge till Oct. 7, two days after Ronaldo had joined Portugal.

The Turin well being authorities have reported these Juve gamers who left the quarantine early to the native prosecutor’s workplace to find out whether or not any infraction of the protocol was dedicated.

Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa addressed the information afterward Tuesday, telling reporters he has confidence the crew can be high-quality with out Ronaldo.

“I spoke to the Portuguese Soccer Federation, which has a testing system completed day-after-day. The gamers come from completely different nations. There may be a right away management of their scenario. What I used to be advised is that there aren’t any different people which have examined constructive,” De Sousa said.

“I needed him nicely and tomorrow we can be supporting the crew there, figuring out that there have already been current video games on this competitors by which we performed with out Cristiano Ronaldo and we nonetheless gained and performed an amazing sport. It’s apparent that it implies quarantine, which is a private, household {and professional} sacrifice.”

Ronaldo is the 76th Serie A participant to have examined constructive for COVID for the reason that pandemic began.

In March, former Actual Madrid star and his agent, Jorge Mendes, helped out by financing hospitals in Portugal.

Final month, Ronaldo turned the second male participant to attain 100 worldwide objectives as he scored twice in a 2-0 UEFA Nations League win in opposition to Sweden.

He’s second within the all-time listing of main worldwide scorers behind Iran‘s Ali Daei, who scored 109 in his profession.

ESPN’s Adriana Garcia contributed to this report.

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