Cristiano Ronaldo still hopeful of Champion League reunion with old foe Lionel Messi despite tests showing Juventus star STILL has coronavirus but is not displaying any symptoms
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Juventus against Barcelona next week
- The Portuguese star has returned another positive coronavirus test
- He initially tested positive for the virus while he was on Portugal duty last week
- Juventus will apply for permission from UEFA to test him before the Barca game
Cristiano Ronaldo has not given up hope of facing Lionel Messi in the Champions League next Wednesday despite testing positive for coronavirus for the second time.
UEFA protocol means Ronaldo should have tested negative a week before the game in order to face Messi for the first time since he left Real Madrid.
But Juventus filed a medical report to UEFA arguing that the player’s test showed a very low viral load which — if he gets a negative result from another test on Friday — should mean he is still allowed to play.
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus’ clash with Barcelona after testing positive for Covid
Reports from Portugal claim Ronaldo’s viral load is low and Juventus are hoping to test him 48 hours before the game
The set-back is set to deny Ronaldo a mouth-watering reunion with old rival Lionel Messi
Ronaldo tested positive last week while on international duty with Portugal and has been self-isolating since the result.
If he can’t play it will be good news for Barcelona who are without the suspended Gerard Pique.
The Messi-Ronaldo reunion would be put back to December 8 when Juventus are due at the Nou Camp for the two teams’ final Group G game.
The Portugal captain has been exercising at home to keep fitness levels up ahead of a return
Ronaldo and Messi, who have battled for the honour of world’s best player for over a decade, have not faced each other in the Champions League since the semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the 2011-12 season.
Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo will be desperate to have his star man back in the team as soon as possible as he bids to win the Serie A title in his first season in charge, with Ronaldo still having a huge influence on the dressing room.
The news of a second test on Thursday didn’t appear to phase the five-time Ballon D’or winner, as he posted a selfie on Instagram sitting at his dinner table with the caption: ‘Thursday style!’
Ronaldo poses with his Portugal team-mates just a day before his positive test was revealed
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star has been showing off pictures of himself keeping fit at home as he battles to fight off the virus after his initial test on international duty.
He tested positive days after playing for Portugal against France and Spain and posing for a team photo at dinner.
Ronaldo had to go into quarantine despite showing no symptoms.
Unable to feature at all for Juventus, or use the club’s facilities at their training ground, Ronaldo has been keeping busy in his home gym to ensure he stays fit for their upcoming games, but he will have to stay away for a while longer after his latest setback.
He appeared in high spirits as he shared a clip on his Instagram page where he is seen dancing and singing while cycling on the gym bike, sporting an eye-catching new buzzcut.
The Portuguese star has made the bold move to get a buzz cut as he continues his recovery
Ronaldo has shown himself lounging around by his swimming pool while stuck in quarantine
Ronaldo has hit back at claims that he broke Covid protocols by flying to Italy from Portugal
Ronaldo will be keeping himself separated from his family members during his time at home in quarantine, with the rest of his loved ones on a different floor, and the forward is able to maintain his fitness levels by using an outdoor gym.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner quickly quashed that claim after taking to Instagram Live, claiming he complied with all necessary procedures.
The 35-year-old said on Instagram: ‘I’m always at home, now I’m sunbathing, also to let the days pass. I’m respecting the protocol, I did not break it, as has been said: It’s a lie.
‘I returned from Portugal because my team and I made sure to comply with all the procedures. I returned to Italy by air ambulance and I have had no contact with anyone, even in Turin.’