Messi tests positive for COVID-19
Lionel Messi has tested positive for Covid-19 and entered self-isolation, his club Paris Saint-Germain announced yesterday.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was one of four PSG players to test positive for the virus ahead of a French Cup match against Vannes.
Messi tested positive while on holiday in his hometown of Rosario in Argentina.
“He is constantly in contact with our medical service. When he is negative, he will be able to return to France,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino told a press conference.
The Argentinian star has endured a difficult start to life in the French capital since an emotional exit from Barcelona last summer.
The other players to test positive were full-back Juan Bernat, back-up goalkeeper Sergio Rico and teenage midfielder Nathan Bitumazala.
“They are currently respecting isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocols,” PSG said.
Pochettino added: “We have been living with the virus for almost two years, everyone knows what to do in order not to be infected. But we can still catch it, there are things we cannot control.”
Bernat tested positive after reporting for training.