Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates have become the latest football star to be struck by the coronavirus outbreak as they have been quarantined.
Barcelona’s quarantine comes on the heels of their arch-rivals Real Madrid’s squad put on lockdown after a player from the club’s basketball team tested positive for coronavirus at their training HQ.
The club has been forced to suspend all activity until further notice with players told to undertake personalised regimes at home.
The decision followed a meeting on Friday, which was attended by the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and a series of medical professionals.
Barcelona issued a statement explaining the situation: “Given the health situation and following the recommendations of the Club’s medical managers, the first soccer team suspends all its activity until further notice.
“This decision was made after the meeting held this morning by the first football team with President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Dr. Jaume Padros and Dr. Antoni Trilla.”
The Spanish LaLiga has also gone into a two-week suspension because of the rapid spread of coronavirus.