Cristiano Ronaldo, one among soccer’s greatest stars and among the many world’s most well-known athletes, has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, Portugal’s soccer federation announced Tuesday.
The federation’s assertion stated Ronaldo was not displaying signs of Covid-19, and that he had entered isolation, away from the remainder of Portugal’s gamers. These gamers continued their preparations for a match in opposition to Sweden on Wednesday in Lisbon.
“Following the optimistic case, the remaining gamers underwent new exams Tuesday morning,” Portugal’s federation stated in a press release. “All examined detrimental.”
Ronaldo, 35, will miss Wednesday’s Nations Cup sport in opposition to Sweden, the federation stated.
Ronaldo performed for Portugal in a pleasant in opposition to Spain final week and in a scoreless Nations League draw in opposition to France on Sunday. On Monday, he posted a photo of himself eating together with his smiling teammates on his social media accounts.
“United on and off the sector,” the caption learn.
Ronaldo’s optimistic check confirmed the worst fear of some European clubs, who had fought with FIFA, soccer’s world governing physique, to change guidelines that require them to launch gamers to signify their nationwide groups throughout scheduled worldwide breaks. Many golf equipment feared that sending their gamers on lengthy journeys to virus sizzling spots — significantly in South America, the place qualifying for the 2022 World Cup started final week — may go away them susceptible to an infection or trigger them to convey the virus again to their European groups.
Gamers who did journey now will face quarantines or different restrictions — and doubtlessly even miss league video games — upon their return to sure nations, together with america.
Ronaldo, who performs for the Italian membership Juventus, had been spared an infection earlier this 12 months when the virus swept through his team and the Italian league system. At the least three Juventus gamers — Paulo Dybala, Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi — examined optimistic within the first wave of instances earlier this 12 months.
Ronaldo isn’t the primary soccer star to check optimistic this fall as Europe’s high leagues begin their new seasons and gamers journey residence for nationwide staff responsibility. The Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was found to be positive when he turned up for a coaching camp with France’s nationwide staff in August, weeks after the Brazilian star Neymar and two of his teammates on the French membership Paris St.-Germain are believed to have caught the virus during a postseason vacation in Spain.
On Monday, Peru’s soccer federation introduced that two of its players would miss a qualifier in opposition to Brazil on Tuesday evening in Lima after testing optimistic.
Whereas lots of Europe’s high leagues had been capable of resume their seasons after pausing play for a number of months throughout the top of the pandemic this spring, the coronavirus stays a big risk as a result of — in contrast to within the restricted environments arrange for this summer time’s Champions League knockout rounds or the not too long ago accomplished N.B.A. season — gamers are free to flow into of their communities.
Liverpool, the reigning champion of England’s Premier League, has had a number of gamers check optimistic in latest weeks. Ahead Xherdan Shaqiri was the newest, although his check consequence was later reclassified as a false positive. It adopted earlier instances involving Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mané.
Within the high league in america, Main League Soccer, a number of video games have been postponed or rescheduled this 12 months after gamers or employees members examined optimistic. On Monday, the league introduced that it had postponed the next three matches involving the Colorado Rapids after an outbreak on that staff.
M.L.S. stated the staff had not recorded any new instances, however that the choice to postpone the video games “was made based mostly on the full variety of present instances and in session with the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting.”