Cristiano Ronaldo, who has tested positive for COVID-19, left the Portuguese team camp near Lisbon on Wednesday to fly back to Northern Italy on his private jet, local media reported.
The Juventus player’s jet took off in the afternoon from the Tires airfield, in the outskirts of Lisbon, according to images broadcast by CMTV.
The Portuguese Football Federation announced on Tuesday that Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, the day after Portugal drew 0-0 with France in Paris and would not be in the squad for Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League match against Sweden in Lisbon.
The 35-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner was “asymptomatic” and had been placed in isolation after the positive test at the national team’s training centre in Oeiras, a suburb of Lisbon.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said on Tuesday that he had spoken to Ronaldo.
“He’s fine and was sunbathing, he’ll be back when he’s ready,” Chiellini said
Last week, before the trip to France, two other Portuguese players tested positive, Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and Lille defender Jose Fonte.
Ronaldo is the latest star footballer to test positive for coronavirus following Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Wike Approves Permanent Site For Rivers Sports Council
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the relocation of the State Sports Council to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex, Igwuruta-Ali as its permanent site.
Established by Edict No. 4 of 1969 as amended in 1972, the Rivers State Sports Council had its initial office complex at a bungalow owned by then Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA) premises and using the Isaac Boro Park and the Port Harcourt Club Fields for training and local competitions.
The council later transited to the Hotel Olympia, Old Rivers State House of Assembly, Alfred Diete-Spiff Sports Complex (popularly known as The Civic Centre) and presently at the Basketball Hostel, Port Harcourt.
Addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, the commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye, said the approval for the relocation of the council to a permanent site, after its 51 years of existence signaled a new dawn in sports promotion and development in the state.
Iyaye stated that the transit nature of the council’s head office adversely affected its effort in preparing for championships and other national and international competitions.
He said: “The council’s transit head office also created major problems including communication challenges, disruption of effective implementation of policies and programmes in planning, training and execution, as well as resulted in damage to records, documents, materials and equipment”.
The commissioner maintained that the move has further attested to Wike’s commitment in institutionalising sports development in the state.
The sports commissioner, who directed the permanent secretary to work out modalities for the smooth relocation, charged staff of the sports council to embrace the new arrangements and give their best in support of Wike’s desire to take sports in the State to a greater height.
Obafemi Martins 36th Birthday: NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star
NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star Martins At 36
The Nigeria Football Federation and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martin at 36, Completesports.com reports.
Both football bodies took to their verified Twitter handles to celebrate Martins.
The NFF wrote :”Happy birthday @Obafemimartins. Have a good one.”
And according to FIFA:”@Obafemimartins is a man who knows how to celebrate in style. We hope the former @NGSuperEagles forward is backflipping about on his 36th birthday.”
Martins made his Super Eagles debut in 2004 scored 18 goals in 42 appearances before retiring from international football in 2015.
He featured at three Africa Cup of Nations with the Eagles in 2006, 2010 and 2010 winning bronze in all the editions he attended.
He was a member of the Eagles squad to the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa.
At club level Martins played for Reggiana, Inter Milan, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birmingham City and Seattle Sounders.
Martins scored the winning goal in the 2011 Football League Cup Final as Birmingham beat Arsenal 2–1 at Wembley Stadium , having been brought on as an 83rd-minute substitute.
Barcelona president, Bartomeu resigns as entire board steps down
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts.
Bartomeu’s decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi’s shock request to leave the club shortly after.
Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu’s position has been under scrutiny for months.
The president had been due to officially end his tenure next year, with elections called for March, but the club’s members called for a vote of no confidence in an effort to get Bartomeu out immediately.
A total of 20,687 votes were gathered for the motion against Bartomeu, passing the threshold of 16,250 signatures required for the vote to go ahead.
The Barca board repeatedly tried to postpone the vote but, on Monday, local authorities rejected the club’s push to delay the proceedings.
As a result, the vote was set to go ahead in the coming weeks, but will no longer be necessary as Bartomeu and the board have stepped down.
Bartomeu originally joined Barca during Joan Laporta’s presidency and ascended to that role himself in January 2014.
He replaced Sandro Rosell, becoming the 40th President of Barcelona as he signed on to complete the rest of Rosell’s tenure following his resignation.
During his time in charge, Barca won La Liga four times as well as the 2014-15 Champions League, but his time in charge will largely be defined by the club’s failings in his final seasons.
Having struggled to find value in the transfer market since Neymar’s departure to join Paris Saint-Germain, Barca finished the 2019-20 season trophyless.
Their 8-2 loss to Bayern only furthered unrest, with Messi’s request to leave proving the final straw for the president.
Messi told Goal in September that Bartomeu “did not keep his word”, with former Barca star Luis Suarez saying that he believes Messi will stay at Barca if a new board arrives.
Bartomeu said on Monday that he believed that Messi could lead Barca to titles this season, admitting that he could not let the Argentine leave for the good of the club.
And now, it is Bartomeu that is leaving, as he ends his time in charge of Barca after nearly seven years.
Barcelona are set to face Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League.
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