LISBON | Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese football star, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to withdraw against Sweden on Wednesday evening in Lisbon in the League of Nations, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo has “been declared positive for COVID-19 and will not play against Sweden,” the Federation said in a statement posted on its website, two days after Portugal’s draw (0-0) against France in which the Juventus Turin striker participated.
The star striker of the Portuguese selection “is asymptomatic” and is “in quarantine”, said the Federation.
The other players of the Portuguese selection, tested Tuesday morning and whose results “are all negative”, will be able to train on Tuesday afternoon.
Last week, before the trip to France, two other Portuguese players were tested positive: Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and Lille defender José Fonte.
The training session, which was initially scheduled for Tuesday morning, had been postponed without the Federation giving any explanation.
A pre-match press conference is scheduled for 7 p.m. (local time) in the presence of the Portuguese technician and a player from the selection, confirmed to AFP a spokesperson for the FPF.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest star footballer to date declared positive for the coronavirus after notably Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.