CRISTIANO RONALDO'S positive Covid test has sparked Premier League fears that he could be a superspreader.
The Portuguese football federation did not reveal when Ronaldo, 35, tested positive for coronavirus, however the news emerged just two days after he played against France in Paris.
Ronaldo appeared to be fine on Monday evening — posting a picture on Instagram of himself out for dinner with his Portugal team-mates.
Ahead of their next game against Sweden this evening, the statement added: “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests on Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to train.”
There are now concerns over whether Ronaldo spread the virus to any French stars before, during or after their game at the weekend.
Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial and Everton’s Lucas Digne all came into contact with Ronaldo.
Stars from the Portugal camp who play in the English top flight will also be retested ahead of the Sweden clash – and United's Bruno Fernandes could miss four matches.
These include Manchester City’s Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo, Wolves stars Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo and Daniel Podence, Fernandes and Liverpool’s Diogo Jota.
Ronaldo was seen interacting with several Les Bleus players on the pitch and in the changing room, notably Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
The Parisians will now be sweating over the fitness and health of their star forward.
French champions PSG take on Manchester United in their Champions League Group H opener on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was also spotted shaking hands and interacting with several children ahead of kick-off.
THE MATCHES AND PLAYERS AT RISK
PSG v MAN UTD (Champions League, Tuesday Oct 20)
Manchester United will be keeping an eye on Kylian Mbappe as they face PSG on Tuesday.
NEWCASTLE v MAN UTD (Premier League, Saturday Oct 17)
The Red Devils could have their own problems as Bruno Fernandes featured alongside Ronaldo, Paul Pogba played for France.
LEEDS v WOLVES (Premier League, Monday Oct 19)
With five players in the Portugal squad Wolves could be sweating for Monday’s game at Elland Road.
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON (Premier League, Saturday Oct 17)
Ronaldo greeted Olivier Giroud after the match so Chelsea will be monitoring his health ahead of the weekend.
TOTTENHAM v WEST HAM (Premier League, Sunday Oct 18)
Spurs could now be at the very least without keeper and captain Hugo Lloris, who started against Portugal.
EVERTON v LIVERPOOL (Premier League, Saturday Oct 17)
Liverpool midfielder Diogo Jota and Everton's French full-back Lucas Digne both featured in Paris on Sunday.
French substitute Eduardo Camavinga, 17, also swapped shirts with Ronaldo, posting a picture on Instagram claiming he would “never wash it”. But he may now have to discard it in case of contamination.
The positive test comes just a week after Liverpool and Arsenal managers Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta put forward their worries over sending their players off on international duty during the pandemic.
Ronaldo infuriated Juventus by taking part in the international break with Portugal.
He left the Old Lady’s bio-bubble, along with five other team-mates, following two positive cases from external staff members.
And Ronaldo could now be out of the Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev next week.
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey was made to miss Wales’ clash with England after deciding to follow club orders and isolate.
And to make matters worse, the Juve stock market price has fallen by 2.22 per cent since Ronaldo tested positive.
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