Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus

Cristiano Ronaldo TEAMtalk

Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus.

The former Manchester United man has withdrawn from the squad to face Sweden in the Nations League on Wednesday, the Portuguese Football Federation has announced.

The 35-year-old Juventus attacker has been released from the camp after his positive test. He is assymptomatic and now in isolation away from the international squad.

A statement from the Portuguese football federation read: “Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the squad of the National Team after a positive test for COVID-19, so he will not face Sweden.

“The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.

“Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon.”

Ronaldo had played in both of Portugal’s matches so far during the international break.

Ronaldo started against Spain in Lisbon, coming off late in the second half of the goalless draw, and then played the whole of the Nations League A3 fixture against France in Saint-Denis on Sunday.

The former Real Madrid star has scored in each of his Serie A appearances this season, including a brace in the 2-2 draw against Roma on September 27.



Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has revealed how Manchester United hijacked the Gunners’ chances of signing Ronaldo 17 years ago.

The Portuguese great moved to Old Trafford for £12.24million in the summer of 2003, having famously impressed against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in a pre-season fixture against Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo went on to become a United legend, winning the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards there and also playing a major role in their last Champions League success.

Since leaving England the 35-year-old has firmly established himself as one of the greatest players of all-time.

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However, things could have turned out very differently had Arsenal snapped up their target.