Paulo Dybala, Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel test positive for coronavirus

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Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates. (File Photo/Reuters)

Paulo Dybala has tested postive for the COVID-19 virus, becoming the third Juventus footballer to have tested positive for coronavirus, the pandemic sweeping the globe.

In a Twitter post on Saturday, Dybala confirmed that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini have both tested positive. The Argentine forward was tested for the disease last week and is currently self-isolating at home.

"Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive," Dybala posted on Twitter.

"Paulo Dybala has undergone medical tests that revealed a positive result for Coronavirus-COVID19. He has been in voluntary home isolation since Wednesday 11 March. He will continue to be monitored, following the usual regime. He is well and is asymptomatic," Juventus announced in a statement.

Dybala's Juventus teammates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi are the two other players to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, both of who are in quarantine.

On the other hand, later Saturday, AC Milan said in a statement that their legendary centre-back Paolo Maldini, now the technical director, and his 18-year-old son Daniel, a youth team player, have both contracted the coronavirus.

“Paolo Maldini learned that he had contact with a person who tested positive and was suffering from symptoms of the virus. He was tested yesterday and found positive for the coronavirus,” the club said in a statement. “The same goes for his son Daniel."

“Paolo and Daniel are in good condition and, having already spent more than two weeks at home without outside contact, as required by medical and health protocols, will extend the quarantine for the time necessary for a complete clinical recovery.”

Italy announced 793 more deaths on Saturday, having surpassed China's death toll on Thursday. The total number of deaths in Italy has now reached 4,825, making it one of the worst affected nations by the pandemic.