The Covid-19 virus has claimed arguably its biggest football victim yet. As reported by BBC Sport, the Portuguese Football Federation has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the virus.
The report goes on to reveal that the player is not showing any symptoms, but has been sent home from the Portugal squad, so he can self-isolate.
Firstly, it is a relief that Ronaldo is not showing any symptoms. However, the fact that Ronaldo, probably football’s biggest superstar along with Lionel Messi, is a victim of the virus is a bit of a problem for UEFA.
Clubs can’t be happy about international break
There could well be demands from clubs that next month’s international fixtures are postponed, whilst countries get the virus under control.
You can imagine that Juventus won’t be keen for Ronaldo to go away on international duty again after only just recovering from the virus.
It probably hasn’t been the best idea for players to travel from country to country in the middle of a pandemic, and as a result more than a few players have had been caught up in the virus.
Scotland had three players miss their match against Israel, for example. Stuart Armstrong tested positive, and both Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie were forced to self-isolate as they were deemed ‘close contacts’ of the player.
The Republic of Ireland have seen a number of players ruled out due to the virus, with eight players in total missing at least one game.
Only play-off fixtures should go ahead
Obviously these are unique times that we are living in. However, football is not immune from the virus. It would make sense for UEFA to put back most of next month’s fixtures until a later date.
If need be, play the Euro 2020 play-off games and that’s it. That would limit the number of players that need to travel from country to country.
The virus doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon, and football is now having a real problem with it.
The matches in the Nations League next month will probably go ahead as planned. However, it might be for the best if they did not. Football needs time to deal with the pandemic, playing internationals won’t help with that.