Coyoacán Mayor Manuel Negrete. Photo: Mexsport


Former Mexico international midfielder Manuel Negrete said Thursday, May 7, that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 61-year-old, now the mayor of Coyoacán — a municipality in the south of Mexico City — said he felt well and is resting at home under doctors’ orders.

“I want to share with you that I tested positive for COVID-19,” Negrete said on his Twitter account.

“I feel good, at home, following medical recommendations.”

Negrete is widely remembered for scoring with a spectacular scissor kick at the 1986 World Cup, considered one of the best goals in the history of soccer’s showpiece tournament.

Capped 57 times at international level, Negrete retired from football in 1996 after a career that included spells at Sporting Lisbon, Sporting Gijon and Pumas de la UNAM, among other clubs.

He has been the mayor of Coyoacán since July 2018 as a member of the conservative National Action Party.

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