Ronaldo to miss Messi showdown, out of Juventus vs. Barcelona

28 Octobre, 2020, 08:39 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo Still Positive For Coronavirus Before Barcelona Game Says Report

According to multiple reports, Ronaldo, who was revealed to have tested positive for the coronavirus on October 13, still had not tested negative for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, ruling him out of Wednesday's much-anticipated Champions League group stage match against Lionel Messi and Barcelona.

While with Portugal, though asymptomatic, Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19, and returned to Italy on a specially sanitised ambulance jet.

Following two positive tests among Juve staff, players at the club were placed in fiduciary isolation, where they were expected to quarantine within their own bubble.

Juventus only confirm if a player has recovered, with Sky Sport Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that Ronaldo will miss the Barcelona game.

"Ronaldo had a test like everyone else, this evening (Tuesday) we will have the definitive result", coach Andrea Pirlo told a press conference earlier Tuesday. "For now it's all on the high seas, when the final result comes everything will be clearer".

The two global icons, both considered among the best players of all time, have not faced off since Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in 2018.

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Ronaldo has missed three matches thus far - Juventus' 1-1 draws with Crotone and Verona on October 17 and 25, respectively, along with the Bianconeri's Champions League opener against Dynamo Kyiv - and hasn't trained with his team throughout his isolation period. "It's not easy to play an entire game after 15 days of inactivity".

"For 15 years, Messi and Ronaldo have done great things", said Pirlo. However, Ronaldo was one of a number of players who left early to join their respective national teams for the global break.

But the Dutch manager has been under pressure after a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid at the weekend followed a 1-0 loss to Getafe, the first time in four years the Catalan giants have suffered consecutive defeats in the league.

"All people who came into contact with the Federation Internationale de Football Association president during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps", the body said. "FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery", it added.

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in the body's base, Switzerland, have doubled from one week to the next throughout October.

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