Cristiano Ronaldo is anxiously awaiting the result of a new coronavirus test he personally requested before deciding his next move.
The 35-year-old was pictured on Tuesday giving the thumbs-up and smiling from the balcony of his room at Portugal squad’s training base on the outskirts of Lisbon where he is currently self-isolating.
Today it emerged the 35-year-old Juventus striker demanded a new test by a different lab to the one the Portuguese FA uses, and is still awaiting the result.
Portuguese sports analyst Rui Pedro Braz described it as the fourth test, after two ‘Gold Standard’ positives which are seen as the most accurate and a third less benchmark one which came back “inconclusive”.
It is not yet clear when the results of the new test will be known, but they will enable the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star to determine his next move.
Reports in Portugal say he is expected to return to Turin to continue his self-isolation if he tests positive for Covid-19 a third time, although it is understood he would have to be taken to Lisbon Airport to board a private plane in an ambulance as part of strict protocols on the movement of people with coronavirus.
Cristiano’s elder sister Elma Aveiro laid bare her brother’s angst about his test results and confusion over how he had caught Covid after so many days locked in with the rest of the Portuguese squad.
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She told respected Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha: “He wanted to repeat the test.
“He said it was impossible he had the virus because he didn’t feel anything.”
Mr Braz, speaking on Portuguese TV staton TVI and adding to the mystery surrounding Cristiano’s positive tests, said: “The Portuguese players have been together for nearly ten days.
“Cristiano for example travelled after the game that wasn’t played between Juventus and Naples because of positives in the Naples squad.
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“In the ten days he’s been with the Portugal team, he’s had eight Gold Standard Covid-19 tests.
“The first six came back negative. The seventh one, which was done on Monday and the results of which came back in the early hours of yesterday (TUE), was positive as was the new one done yesterday.
“He’s now awaiting the results of a third test he’s personally asked for.”
He added, referring to Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes who are the other two Portuguese internationals who in the past have tested positive for coronavirus: “It’s up to him to decide whether he travels to Turin or remains in Portugal.
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“Jose Fonte tested positive for Covid and travelled to Lille and Anthony Lopes tested positive and travelled to Lyon.
“Cristiano Ronaldo believes that if he tests positive a third time he’ll want to travel to Turin.
“There has been some speculation about another test which has been carried out since his positives and that is the case.
“But it wasn’t a Gold Standard test of the type carried out in the Portuguese FA installations and taken to a lab with a wait of five to six hours for the results.
“It was a normal everyday test which Cristiano wanted to do after his first positive and that one came back inconclusive.”
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