Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday .
Ronaldo “ is asymptomatic ” and “ will not play against Sweden ” in Wednesday ’s Nations League match , the federation said on its website .
Ronaldo , 35 , who has won the Ballon d ’Or five times , played in Portugal ’s goalless Nations League draw against France in Paris on Sunday .
The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad were “ all negative ” after tests on Tuesday morning , as was the France squad , according to the French Football Federation.
Ronaldo has scored 101 goals for Portugal and will be a huge absence for his team against Sweden as they aim to hold on to top spot in their group .
His contracting the disease is also a big blow for Juventus , as the health protocol in force for Serie A says that Ronaldo must self – isolate for 10 days and then record a negative test before he can resume playing.
That means Ronaldo will miss Juve ’s Serie A match at Crotone on Saturday and the Italian champions ’ opening Champions League group stage game at Dynamo Kiev in a week ’s time .
He is also a doubt for Juventus ’ following Champions League clash with Barcelona on October 28 , which was set to pit Ronaldo against his old rival Lionel Messi.
The test result re -opens the controversy over his departure from Turin for the Portugal training camp , which was, according to local health authorities in Italy’s Piedmont region , a violation of the virus protocol .
Ronaldo and other Juventus stars left to join up with their national teams despite the team being in isolation after two staff members tested positive for the virus.
Roberto Testi, a director of the regional health authority , said that local prosecutors had been informed of the players ’ unauthorised departure .
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Ronaldo , who has also starred for Manchester United and Real Madrid , is the highest- profile footballer to test positive for Covid- 19 , which has killed over a million people since the start of the pandemic earlier this year .
Brazil forward Neymar , his Paris Saint -Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe and AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have also tested positive for the virus in recent weeks . Premier League champions Liverpool placed Senegalese forward Sadio Mane and Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara in isolation after they tested positive last week .
Last week two of Ronaldo ’ s Portugal teammates — goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and defender Jose Fonte — also returned positive tests , forcing them out of the Nations League fixtures.
The international break has been marked by a host of players contracting the virus as it continues its spread worldwide .
The Republic of Ireland had five players ruled out just before their Nations League draw with Wales after one squad member tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile Ukraine had to draft in 45 -year -old assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovsky for last week ’ s friendly with France as the virus swept through the squad.
Ukraine also lost to Germany on Saturday in the Nations League with 14 players missing either through injury or positive for the virus.
Coronavirus has killed over one million people and infected 37 million people . Many nations that suppressed their first outbreaks are now battling a second wave .
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Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
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Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”