Barcelona FC, the football club, has confirmed that one of the nine players that were supposed to start their pre-season training has tested positive for Covid-19. This comes as no shock as the Catalan country, and Spain, in general, is seeing a sharp spike in the number of positive cases in the past few days. Luckily for Barcelona FC, these players weren’t part of the first team, which means that Barcelona was able to participate in their Champions League match against Bayern Munich in Lisbon; a match that ended 8-2 for Bayern. Furthermore, the team announced that the infected player was asymptomatic and was isolating at home, as is recommended by the health authorities.
Although the player is now in solitary confinement, all his close contacts and recent encounters have been informed about the state of the infected footballer. At first, Barcelona FC did not disclose who the infected player was, but it is believed to be the 20-year-old French defender, Jean-Clair Todibo. Due to this positive diagnosis, all the 9 players and the Barcelona’s first-team players had to do further PCR tests In the next few days to be sure that no one else was infected.
Update: Another Barcelona player has been infected by the new coronavirus. The Catalan club confirmed that center-back Samuel Umtiti had contracted the novel coronavirus. ”After the PCR tests carried out on Thursday the first team player Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for Covid-19″, Barcelona has said on its website that the player is asymptomatic, in “good health and is isolating at home.”
Keeping up with Barcelona, it is rumored that Messi wants to leave Barcelona this transfer window. According to journalist Marcelo Bechler, Lionel Messi has recently told Barcelona that he needs to abandon the club immediately, rather than consider a possible departure in 2021. The Argentina icon, generally recognized as one of the game’s best players in history, has spent his entire senior career at Camp Nou, reigning over a dynasty of football for well over a decade.
So now, after their 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich meant that the team finished the 2019-20 season without silverware, the forward wishes to draw his tenure at the Catalan team that he helped propel to more success on the global stage to a close.