Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini have each tested positive for the coronavirus.
Dybala, 26, took to Instagram on Saturday and confirmed he and his girlfriend, Oriana Sabatini, had each been diagnosed with COVID-19: "Both Oriana and I have tested positive. Luckily we are in perfect conditions.”
The Argentina international is the third Juventus player to contract the coronavirus since the outbreak began to spread in Italy, with team-mates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi each having already tested positive.
Milan released a statement on Saturday that announced technical director Maldini and his 18-year-old son, Daniel, had also tested positive for the respiratory illness:
"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."
Rugani was the first high-profile case for a player testing positive for the illness in Europe, while 2018 World Cup winner Matuidi confirmed he was coping well after being diagnosed shortly after.
News of Dybala and Maldini’s positive tests came on the same day that Real Madrid announced former president, Lorenzo Sanz, had died after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Sanz reigned as Real president between 1995 and 2000, helping the club end their 32-year wait for a European Cup in 1998 and winning a second Champions League in 2000.
There have been almost 5,000 deaths in Italy from around 53,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of early Sunday, making it the worst-affected country so far by a wide margin.