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Cristiano Ronaldo a 35-year-old Portuguese Football Federation forward tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. He is without any virus symptoms and is in isolation. Following his positive test, the team said that every player returned a negative test on Tuesday morning.
Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, a small island off the western coast of the country. His mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos, and his father José Dinis Aveiro had four children to which he is the youngest. His father named him after his favorite actor, Ronald Reagan.
He was introduced to the game of soccer through his dad, who worked as an equipment manager at a boy’s club.
Ronaldo is a professional soccer player that has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus clubs, and the Portuguese National. He set many records over his career.
As a soccer superstar Ronaldo at the young age of 16 was signed by the Manchester United soccer team that paid him over 14 million. This was a record signing for a player of his age. Real Madrid team paid a record $131 million for his services the following year.
While playing for Manchester United, his father died from alcohol-related kidney problems. Two years later his mother struggled with breast cancer. Losing his father was especially hard for him since he and his dad had been close.
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently with the Portugal side. He lifted the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019. He has stated that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be his last.
His positive test will cause him to miss his country’s next Nations League fixture against Sweden on Wednesday. He will also miss Juventus’ upcoming matches with Crotone and a Champions League group game against Dynamo Kyiv.
Written by Omari Jahi
CNN: Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus, George Ramsay and Vasco Cotovio
The New York Times: Cristiano Ronaldo Biography
Sportskeeda: Cristiano Ronaldo speaks about his future and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Deepungsu Pandit
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