The 35-year-old forward has been left out of his nation’s squad to take on Sweden on Wednesday night and forced to self-isolate in the team’s hotel, though Portugal boss Fernando Santos says he is asymptomatic and feels well enough to play.
There is some confusion over how Ronaldo contracted coronavirus, having been in Portugal’s secure bubble, and now his sister has suggested there is foul play at work and questioned the legitimacy of his result in a furious rant on social media which was shared by their mother, Dolores.
‘If Cristiano Ronaldo has to wake the world up, I have to say he really is a prophet from God. Thank you,’ she wrote on her Instagram stories on Wednesday.
‘I think thousands of people believed in the pandemic, in the tests and in the measures that have been taken, just like me.
‘Today I read a phrase which I stand up to applaud, namely: “Enough of a world of puppets.”
‘Please, someone, open your eyes.’
Katia appeared to be in disbelief over the results of Ronaldo’s test, with no-one else in Portugal’s squad – or their recent opponents – having tested positive, with the former Real Madrid man the only player forced to miss tonight’s game.
Portugal boss Santos has rubbished any suggestion that Ronaldo contracted the virus in the team’s training camp and is at a loss to explain how it happened.
He said yesterday: ‘He is completely asymptomatic, he is okay, without any symptoms, he doesn’t even know what happened to him.’
While the young, fit and healthy Ronaldo may be feeling fine, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide.