Lionel Messi tests positive for Covid-19 on holiday as four PSG stars isolate

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Lionel Messi is one of four players to test positive for Covid-19 in PSG's squad over the winter break.

The Argentinian has been spending time in South America over the festive period.

But he was not on the return flight to Paris on Sunday, prompting fears he may have contracted Covid-19.

Those fears were confirmed by PSG in recent hours, with the club releasing a statement regarding Messi and three of his team-mates.

"This Sunday 2 January's medical update concerns Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, Nathan Bitumazala and Neymar Jr," it read.

"The 4 players that tested positive for Covid-19 are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala.

"They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol.

"Neymar JR will continue his treatment in Brazil until 9 January with members of the Paris Saint-Germain medical and performance staff.

"His return to training is still expected to be in about 3 weeks."

Messi played a key role in Argentina’s first Copa America triumph for 28 years back in June.

And where better is there for the magician to celebrate having some well-deserved time off with his family across the winter break than the country where he remains a hero.

Messi was all smiles as he jetted off with his better half on a quick trip back home to Argentina, with Roccuzzo uploading two images for her 18.3m Instagram followers to see.

Other footage of Messi enjoying the festive period alongside his long-term partner was also shared on social media, after disappearing back to Argentina for celebrations.

Messi was seen singing along to music before pulling Antonela in for a quick kiss.

On Christmas Day, the pair had posed with each other in front of a huge Christmas tree. Messi was dressed casually in shorts and a t-shirt, while Antonela wowed her Instagram followers in a short red dress.

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