Champions League: Ronaldo Furious at Missing Barcelona Clash

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Champions League: Ronaldo Furious at Missing Barcelona Clash
Original: Anton ZaitsevDerivative work: WikiGusta, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The football legend had first tested positive for coronavirus positive on October 13th while playing with Portugal and was in self-isolation after returning to Italy. Since then he has been planning for the Champions League against Spain. 

But the 35-year-old, the top scorer in the history of the competition with 130 goals, was required to test negative 24 hours before the match against his great rival Lionel Messi’s Spanish team.

Ronaldo was furious and posted a photo on Instagram, with a comment saying he is feeling fit and healthy and also added a loose comment on swab tests which he then removed within half an hour from the platform as he has over 241 million Instagram followers.

As per Portuguese news, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has tested positive for about 18 times before testing negative.

The next game against Barcelona, which starts at 2000 GMT, will be the 4th dropped by Ronaldo, who technically has no manifestations of the coronavirus, and has also posted photos of himself training on social media.

The two footballing legends Ronaldo and Messi will now meet on December 8th in the reverse Group G fixture in Barcelona if all goes well with Ronaldo.

They have not met face to face since the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

Barcelona and Juventus both won their Champions League openers – the Spaniards 5-1 at home versus Hungary’s Ferencvaros and the Italians 2-0 at Dynamo Kiev.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been included in the list hours before kick-off having been doubtful with a thigh injury, with captain Giorgio Chiellini yet out.

Spaniard Alvaro Morata, who secured both goals in Kiev, leads the Juventus attack beside Argentine Paulo Dybala.

Andrea Pirlo faces Barcelona for the first time as a coach with his last Juventus game as a player, a disappointment by Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final.