LISBON – Football fans in Lisbon had been unsurprised after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo examined positive Covid-19, saying it merely confirmed everybody was liable to getting contaminated – and well-known athletes had been no exception.
Portugal’s Football Federation stated in an announcement on Tuesday the 35-year-old Juventus ahead was asymptomatic and would miss Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League recreation in opposition to Sweden as he self-isolates.
In Portugal’s capital Lisbon, not too removed from the soccer facility the place Ronaldo is, fans weren’t shocked by the information.
“We are all human beings,” stated Antonio Rodrigues whereas standing exterior a meals market in certainly one of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods. “It is not because he is Ronaldo that the dynamic of the situation is different.”
Walking with a transportable oxygen concentrator, 74-year-old Fernando Marques shared the identical view: “Ronaldo is no more than the others – he is a good player, with a lot of money, but we are all the same.”
Ronaldo appeared in his aspect’s 0-0 draw away to France within the Nations League on Sunday and final week’s goalless attract a pleasant at residence to Spain.
According to stories in Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Turin in the present day and can proceed the quarantine in the identical City. pic.twitter.com/nNMfSBHlBo
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) October 14, 2020
Fans additionally stated not being on the match in opposition to Sweden was an excellent alternative for Portugal’s squad to get used to taking part in with out the five-times world participant of the 12 months.
“The others have to try to win and play well without him,” stated Antonio Aleixo, 45. “Sooner or later he will also stop playing.”
On Tuesday night, Portugal’s head coach Fernando Santos stated “no team can be better without the best player in the world but this team has already demonstrated that collectively it has the capacity to tackle the situation”.
Portuguese SIC Television stated Ronaldo would journey to the Italian metropolis of Turin, the place he lives, on Wednesday afternoon to quarantine there.