After Neymar, Mbappé or Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo is the last star footballer tested positive for coronavirus. The Portuguese Football Federation announced on Tuesday that he would not play against Sweden, Wednesday, in the framework of the League of Nations, that he was “asymptomatic” and was “in quarantine”.
“We respect all security measures … And yet it happened,” said the coach of the selection, Fernando Santos, at a press conference. Since the arrival of the team, “we do tests every day”, he further explained.
The coach’s press conference followed his team’s training in Oeiras, on the outskirts of Lisbon, initially scheduled for Tuesday morning but postponed after his star tested positive. For a week, the players and the technical team “have been living in a bubble”, said the boss of the Seleção, specifying that “CR7” had repeated the screening test on Tuesday morning to confirm a first result.
Three Portuguese absent because they were positive
For the Portuguese, tied on points with France in Group 3 of the League of Nations, this absence is likely to weigh on Wednesday against the Swedes. In the first leg in Solna, their star striker scored the two victory goals (2-0), exceeding the symbolic bar of 100 international goals.
Especially since Ronaldo is the third player in the selection to be contaminated in these two weeks of international competition, after defender José Fonte (Lille) and goalkeeper Anthony Lopes (Lyon). The other Seleção players, tested Tuesday morning, “are all negative,” said Fernando Santos.
The news of the contamination of Cristiano Ronaldo also worries in his club Juventus Turin, where he has already scored three goals and delivered an assist in … two days of the Championship. According to the health protocol in force in Italy, the five-time Ballon d’Or must remain in isolation for ten days and then provide a negative test to be able to resume playing.
He faces a fine in Italy for neglecting the protocol
He will therefore not be able to play the next Serie A match, in Crotone, nor the entry into contention of Juve in the Champions League, against Dynamo Kiev (Tuesday 20). If his state of health permits, he could therefore return for the reception of Hellas Verona, Sunday, October 25, and would be especially available for the reception, on October 28, of FC Barcelona from his rival Lionel Messi in the Champions League.
His contamination forces us to wonder about the conditions under which he joined the gathering of the Portuguese selection at the beginning of the week. While the workforce of Juve was in isolation in a hotel, after two cases of Covid-19 detected within the club, the Portuguese and other international Bianconeri left without waiting for the green light from their management, in violation of Serie A health protocol.
Juve reported their departure to health authorities who forwarded this breach of protocol to justice. The player risks a fine.
In Portugal the reactions to its contamination did not take long. The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, wished him “a speedy recovery”. Her mother, Dolores Aveiro, dedicated a message to her on her Instagram account: “God gives great battles to great warriors. It is one more war that you will win, my son ”.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr