AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club have confirmed.
“AC Milan announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for the swab performed for today’s match, Milan-Bodo/Glimt,” the Serie A side said.
Milan said that Ibrahimovic, who will miss the Europa League match at home to Bodo/Glimt later on Thursday, was placed in home quarantine and health authorities had been informed.
“We have informed the competent health authorities and the player was promptly placed in home quarantine.
“All the other swabs carried out on the team group were negative”, the club said.
The announcement came one day after his Milan team-mate Leo Duarte tested positive for the virus.
Former Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Inter Milan forward Ibrahimovic, who will be 39 in October, is the highest-profile Serie A player to test positive since play resumed in June after a gap of 3 months.
One of Europe’s most successful players, he has scored 14 goals in 22 matches since returning for a second stint at Milan in January, helping revive his team’s hopes of a good finish this season in Serie A.
I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 24, 2020
The 38-year-old former Sweden international signed a new one-year deal at the San Siro this summer following his successful return to the club from LA Galaxy in January.
Milan extended their unbeaten run to fifteen games in all competitions as they continued their form from last season showing hopes of a Champions League spot.
Zlatan’s tweet read, “Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea.”
You will find it difficult to find a player as astounding as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The star ex-PSG striker and Sweden captain is a goal-scoring machine with dozens of records and trophies under his belt, but he is perhaps better known for his outspoken personality and witty posts on social media.
“I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea.”
Ibrahimovic, who rejoined AC Milan last January, has scored three goals in two games so far this season including a brace in their Serie A opener against Bologna last weekend having also netted against Irish side Shamrock Rovers in the UEFA Europa League.
Ibrahimovic is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his glorious career. He has scored over 550 career goals and has scored in each of the last four decades.
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