Lisbon, Oct 14: Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for novel coronavirus, confirmed the Portuguese soccer federation. It has been said by the federation that Ronaldo is currently showing no symptoms of Covid-19 and is doing well. However, Ronaldo is in isolation and has been dropped from Portugal’s squad for their Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Ronaldo was in the squad for their match at France in the Nations League that resulted in the 0-0 draw, and also in the 0-0 draw against Spain in a friendly last week. The Juventus forward also posted a photo on Twitter showing him and the rest of the Portugal squad having a meal together. The players were all close to each other at a table, with Ronaldo apparently taking the photo himself at the front end.
Meanwhile, the federation said due to Ronaldo testing positive, it prompted to take another round of tests for the rest of the Portugal squad. As a result, tt said everyone else in the team tested negative.
The squad was scheduled to practice normally on Tuesday ahead of the match against Sweden in Lisbon but Ronaldo will not play Portugal's Nations League game against Sweden on Wednesday. He might also miss Juventus’ Serie A match at Crotone on Saturday and the team’s Champions League opener at Dynamo Kyiv next Tuesday. And depending on his condition and the results of future tests, he could also miss the much-anticipated match against Barcelona on October 28.
Portugal and France lead Group 3 with seven points each after three matches. Earlier, two staff members of Juventus had been in isolation following positive tests. There have been reports speculating that Ronaldo and six other players were allowed to leave the isolated group and join their national teams.