Lionel Messi has tested positive for Covid-19 and has entered self-isolation, his club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Sunday.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was one of four PSG
players to test positive for the virus ahead of a French Cup match against
The Argentinian star has endured a difficult start to life
in the French capital since an emotional exit from Barcelona last summer.
Messi has scored only one goal in 11 league appearances for
PSG, although he has netted five times in the Champions League.
He will miss Monday’s cup tie and will likely also be
sidelined for PSG’s first Ligue 1 match since the winter break, at Lyon next
The other players to test positive were full-back Juan
Bernat, back-up goalkeeper Sergio Rico and teenage midfielder Nathan
“They are currently respecting isolation and are
subject to the appropriate health protocols,” PSG said.
The number of Covid cases in France has topped 200,000 a day