Barely 3 days since Swedish striker inspired his Milan side to a 2-0 GW1 win over Bologna, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was confirmed by the club’s official Twitter handle that he tested positive for COVID-19 a day ago.
The football star became the latest global athlete to test positive for Covid-19 just like the others who have been confirmed positive in the course of the ongoing football seasons.
The striker made the announcement on Twitter, writing that he tested negative on Wednesday but positive on Thursday, ahead of a Europa League match against Bodø/Glimt.
“No symptoms what so ever,” the ever-confident Ibrahimovic said. “Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea.”
AC Milan informed the relevant authorities that Ibrahimovic had been placed under quarantine in his home, according to a Thursday statement from the club. All other team members and staff have tested negative, and Ibrahimovic will not play in Thursday’s game.
This means that the 38-year-old will miss Milan’s Europa League third round qualifier against Bodo/Glimt tonight as he is going for the mandatory 2 weeks’ quarantine. The internet on the other hand reacted in different form as we all understand it’s Zlatan.
The reaction to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s positive Covid-19 tests was a feat in its own
Many fans, including Ibrahimovic himself, had something to say about his positive Covid-19 tests, and as expected, the star himself was courageous and funny as ever saying: “Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea.”
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
Apart from Ibrahimovic’s reaction, there were others that were worth noting from fans. Check them out below;
Deniz Andres had the following to say about the Swedish striker testing positive for the virus;
“Covid has tested positive for Zlatan”
“Thoughts are with the virus at this difficult time”
“And the virus is now in quarantine for two weeks”
“Zlatan does not contract covid. Covid contracts Zlatan”
“Maybe he’s the cure?”
— Deniz Andres (@Koezo123) September 24, 2020
Barstool Sports wrote: Zlatan isn’t scared of COVID. COVID is scared of Zlatan.
Zlatan isn’t scared of COVID.
COVID is scared of Zlatan. https://t.co/veeGHcFqHu
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 24, 2020
Then there was another one that seemed hilarious enough claiming that the virus had left earth after infecting Zlatan. MB: covid spotted leaving the planet after infecting Zlatan by accident
covid spotted leaving the planet after infecting Zlatan by accident pic.twitter.com/OSkIJly6RP
— MB (@Enigmahimovic) September 24, 2020
Tonny felt it’s the virus that should be going into quarantine: Eeeh! Covid to go into fourteen-day isolation.
Covid to go into a fourteen day isolation.. https://t.co/E1BGehFFOY
— tonny (@tonnyaujongole) September 24, 2020
B/R Football made a graphic with the star’s statement about the tests:
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 24, 2020
Even though the Twitter posts are seen as positive and encouraging ones for the football star, some have taken offence to the reactions since many people have died as a result of Covid-19 and it’s not something to be taken lightly.
So far, the Swedish striker is the only member of playing and coaching staff at San Siro to have posted a positive test. An enforced break means that Ibrahimovic will play no part in Milan’s upcoming fixtures.
Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a productive opening to the 2020-21 campaign for Milan. He has made two appearances so far, scoring three goals. He opened his account for the season in a Europa League qualifier against Shamrock Rovers, before then bagging a Serie A brace against Bologna.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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