BREAKING NEWS: Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz tests positive for coronavirus

By Sports Desk July 28, 2020

Real Madrid have confirmed striker Mariano Diaz has tested positive for coronavirus just 10 days ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City.

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