COVID-19 Takes Out Cristiano Ronaldo

Ava Lowery, Writer

     The famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13, 2020.  This occurred as Juventus resumed playing in Italy and has an upcoming match in the UEFA Champions League against Barcelona, featuring his old rival Lionel Messi.  When Ronaldo played for Real Madrid, he played many matches head-to-head against Messi in what many people described as the best two soccer players on the planet. Sadly, he will not be able to play professional soccer for at least two weeks, and may miss his rematch with Messi.. 

     Ronaldo will have to quarantine, but he has been interacting with many people lately. He played for the Portuguese national team against Spain, France, and Sweden in the week before his positive test, and also closely interacted with his Portuguese teammates who traveled to and from England, Spain, Germany and Greece. Juventus teammate Weston McKennie, from the United States, has also tested positive a few days after Ronaldo’s positive test. It is unclear if the infection is related. With all of the travel and international matches this famous soccer player has played in just one week, there is a concern about COVID-19 spread even more throughout the world because the people that he has been interacting with are traveling to different areas of the world. 

     Ronaldo’s team is going to have a match against Lionel Messi’s team, but the bad news is that Ronaldo can not participate. This match is like a rematch for when Ronaldo and Messi played against each other a couple years ago. Ronaldo is not happy at all about not being able to play this match against Barcelona and the famous soccer player Messi.

     Many fans are disappointed with his COVID-19 results and not being able to play in the big match against Messi. Ronaldo’s chance was here to play against Lionel Messi’s team, but because of COVID-19, he will not be able to play the big game.