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Legendary Turkish goalkeeper tests positive for coronavirus

Rüştü Reçber had 124 international appearances for Turkey and helped his team to a third-place finish at the 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.
29.03.2020 - 10:25

Turkish football legend Rüştü Reçber was taken to the hospital late Saturday to confirm a coronavirus diagnosis.


The former national team goalkeeper's wife, Isil, said on Instagram that her husband caught the coronavirus and the family is in  shock that his symptoms progressed rapidly.

"I, my daughter and my son tested negative. Only my spouse tested positive," Işıl said, adding that he is in isolation at a hospital.

Reçber, 46, is an icon who played for Fenerbahce and the Turkish national team.

The five-time Turkish Super Lig winner played for Antalyaspor, Fenerbahce and Besiktas while in Turkey.

He left Fenerbahce to join Barcelona in 2003 but returned to the Istanbul club in 2004.