The Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan striker, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the club reported on Thursday, September 24, hours before playing a match in the Europa League qualifier against the Norwegian team Bodo-Glimt.
The 38-year-old AC Milan striker was placed in quarantine at home following the test carried out ahead of the team’s Europa League tie against Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt on Thursday, the club said in a statement.
We have been informed by the health authorities and the player has been quarantined at home. All other team members have tested negative, the statement pointed out.
"I tested negative to Covid
yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid
had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea", Ibrahimovic tweeted to his usual tone.
The quarantine, which lasts 14 days, will sideline the striker for the Europa League qualifier against visiting Bodo/Glimt and upcoming Serie A games against league newcomers Crotone and Spezias.
Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 next month, has scored 14 goals in 22 matches since returning for a second stint at Milan in January, helping revive his team.
He began the new Serie A season in style on Monday by scoring twice in the 2-0 win over Bologna.
One of Europe’s most charismatic players, Ibrahimovic previously played for Dutch side Ajax, Italian clubs Juventus and Inter Milan, Spain’s Barcelona, US club Los Angeles Galaxy, France’s Paris Saint-Germain, as well as English side Manchester United.