Thursday 15 October 2020
World number one golfer Dustin Johnson and high profile footballer Cristiano Ronaldo have both tested positive for COVID-19. Photos: AFP

Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was said to be “fine and sunbathing” this week after testing positive for coronavirus, which has ruled him out of a midweek Nations League fixture with his country. On the same day, news broke that world number one golfer Dustin Johnson had also tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the world number one golfer’s withdrawal from the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.

Johnson underwent a test after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus ahead of Thursday’s opening round at Shadow Creek, the tour said in a statement. The 36-year-old, whose last outing came at last month’s US Open, is now undergoing self-isolation.


Ronaldo, highest profile footballer to test positive for COVID-19

Ronaldo “is asymptomatic” and “will not play against Sweden” in Wednesday’s Nations League match, the Portuguese federation said in a statement on its website. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner played in Portugal’s goalless Nations League draw against France in Paris ojust over the weekend.

The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad were “all negative” after tests on 13 October, as was the France squad, according to the French Football Federation. “We have respected all the health measures…and yet it happened,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos told a press conference. “We have been doing tests every day.”

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said he had spoken to Ronaldo. “He’s fine and was sunbathing, he’ll be back when he’s ready,” he reported.