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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus after having dinner with Portugal teammates

The Portuguese football star is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and will miss Portugal's upcoming match with Sweden.

Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19, Portugal's Football Federation has said in a statement on its website.

Key points:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus team had been in isolation after club staff tested positive on October 4
  • Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 less than 24 hours after dining with other members of the Portuguese national team
  • No other Portugal players have returned positive tests as yet

The 35-year-old Juventus striker is "well, has no symptoms and is in isolation", the Federation said.

Ronaldo was dropped from Portugal's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday as a result.

The Federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad had undergone tests as a result of Ronaldo's positive, but that they had all tested negative and would be available for the Sweden match.

Two other Portugal players had tested positive for COVID-19 recently, Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos said last week that positive results among players were "happening everywhere in the world."

"We are the most tested people and we have the guarantee that everyone who will be traveling to France with us are negative," Santos said.

Less than 24 hours ago, Ronaldo shared an image on his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing himself and his teammates enjoying a meal together.

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Along with the tweet, Ronaldo wrote, in Portuguese, "united on and off the field!"

It was not immediately clear when the photograph was taken, which showed none of the players wearing masks.

Five-times world player of the year Ronaldo appeared in his side's 0-0 draw away to France in the Nations League on Sunday and last Wednesday's 0-0 draw in a friendly at home to Spain.

He will now be doubtful for Juventus's Serie A trip to Crotone on Saturday and their Champions League group stage opening game away to Dynamo Kiev next Tuesday.

And depending on his condition and the results of future tests, he could also miss the much-anticipated Champions League match against Barcelona on October 28.

Juventus had been in quarantine

While Portugal's national team has not been beset by coronavirus cases, Italian club football in the last year has been hit hard.

In the last fortnight alone Genoa were unable to fulfill the requirement to have 13 players including a goalkeeper available to take on Napoli after 20 Genoa players and staff tested positive.

Napoli then failed to show for a match against Juventus due to being told not to travel by their local health authority due to two positive COVID tests.

The previous Serie A season was put on hiatus for months and Ronaldo's Juventus side have seen a number of players test positive in the past.

The whole squad was again put into isolation on October 4 when two club staff members tested positive to COVID-19.

As a result there has been some controversy that Ronaldo and six other players were allowed to leave the isolated group and join their national teams.

Ronaldo is just the latest sports star to return a positive COVID-19 test.

Recently a number of NFL players in the United States have tested positive including star New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton.

And the tennis world was rocked earlier this year after a number of men's players including world number one Novak Djokovic tested positive.

Djokovic, who has in the past expressed anti-vaccination views, hosted an exhibition tournament where the coronavirus spread and was later spotted partying along with other players including Grigor Dimitrov, who also tested positive for the virus.

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