Cristiano Ronaldo ‘likely’ to miss Champions League clash with Barcelona after testing positive for coronavirus
CRISTIANO RONALDO is likely to miss Juventus' Champions League clash with Barcelona after contracting Covid-19.
The 35-year-old tested positive while on international duty with Portugal and is now in self-isolation.
Goal reports the Portuguese superstar is set to miss the Barca game as Uefa rules mean he must be Covid-free at least one week before the October 28 clash.
First, Ronaldo – who is not experiencing symptoms – will miss the Serie A trip to Crotone this weekend.
And the former Real Madrid star will sit out the European opener against Dynamo Kiev on October 20.
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The Juventus forward played his country's last two games, a friendly against Spain last Wednesday and then France in the Nations League on Sunday.
Both games finished goalless, but the 35-year-old is now out of the match against Sweden on Wednesday night.
After the news broke, Ronaldo's stunning partner Georgina Rodriguez called him her 'inspiration' in a touching message.
Rodriguez reacted to the announcement by uploading a screenshot of a Whatsapp video call between them alongside the message 'You are my inspiration' and a heart emoji.
Ronaldo’s doting mum Dolores Aveiro was the first person to be told he had coronavirus, respected Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claimed on Tuesday.
The ex-Manchester United hero rushed to her side after she suffered a life-threatening stroke in March – but it was her turn to be worried about her son.
She posted a picture of the 35 year-old on social media in a Portuguese top alongside the message: “God gave great battles to great warriors.
“And this is another war you are going to win son.”
During the France game, rising 17-year-old star Eduardo Camavinga sat on the bench and admired his idol Ronaldo on the pitch.
But afterwards he managed to land the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's shirt and took to Snapchat to share a picture.
He captioned the pic: "I won't wash it."
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