Cristiano Ronaldo fans are feeling gutted after hearing the news that the footballer (or ‘soccer player’ for all our American football loyalists) just tested positive for the coronavirus.
The most famous athlete in the world packed up his kit and boots and left the Portugal national team to enter quarantine. Portugal confirmed in a statement that Ronaldo is in isolation, but the superstar is nil when it comes to showing symptoms.
The statement added that following Ronaldo’s positive test, the remaining players in the Portugal squad underwent new tests on Tuesday, which all came back negative.
The 35-year-old played for Portugal in last Sunday’s match against world champions France. The next day he posted a picture of himself with the Portugal squad. They all seemed to be sitting down to a family-style dinner. Ronaldo included the caption “United on and off the field!” Let’s just hope team-building does not include passing the coronavirus.
Of course, it’s not only the Portuguese who will be missing out on having the soccer superstar — and his world-famous six-pack — on the pitch. Ronaldo also plays for the Italian team Juventus.
He was among several players who joined up with their national teams last week and apparently passed on the recommended quarantine. Seems like someone should get a yellow card, considering two staff members of Juventus recently tested positive for the virus.
So, while the world wonders if Ronaldo is a super-spreader, there are also those saying it’s a bad call for international soccer teams to allow any kind of crossover during a global health crisis.
By the way, Ronaldo is the 76th Serie A player to have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started.