By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Soccer star Neymar has the coronavirus, according to ESPN. He got the infectious virus during a ‘holiday’ trip to Ibiza.
For those that do not know, European teams call it ‘holiday’ when their season comes to an end and their players take a vacation, before their new season. Neymar reportedly received the positive news Wednesday morning.
Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, is now in isolation for the next 14-days at his residence in Bougival, which is near Paris. Due to the positive test, he will miss the team’s upcoming games on Sept. 10 against Lens and their Classique match with Marseille on Sept. 13.
He is not the only PSG player to test positive for the virus. Angel Di Maria also is in self-isolation following a positive test.
Like Neymar, Di Maria also went to Ibiza on holiday. Leandro Paredes also went to the island with Di Maria and is in isolation following a positive test, as well.
Coronavirus has been impacting athletes since March when the sports world came to a halt. However, Neymar is the highest-profile soccer player to get the virus.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba also had the virus. This caused him to be removed from playing for France in upcoming games against Sweden on Sept. 5 and three days later against Croatia.
Due to Ligue 1 rules, if a team has four positive tests on their roster, their game is postponed. This was previously the case with Marseille, who had their game with Saint-Etienne postponed.
Right now, PSG has three positive tests. One more positive test, then they’re in danger of having games postponed.
PSG is slated to play at Lens in their first game of the Ligue 1. Their first match in the Parc des Princes against Metz was postponed when PSG played in the final of the Champions League.
In the Champions League final, PSG was defeated by Bayern Munich 1-0.
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