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Still uncertainty for Ronaldo on the eve of Juventus-Barcelona

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 27, 2020

Tested positive for the new coronavirus two weeks ago, with his selection, the Portuguese superstar of Juve has now exceeded the minimum quarantine time in force in Italy (ten days). But he still needs a negative test to be able to leave his Turin home and join his partners. According to the protocol established for the Champions League, the 35-year-old striker has until Tuesday evening to hope for a negative test. UEFA texts indeed stipulate that, for the home team, the players must be tested “one to two days“before the match and the results communicated at least six hours before kick-off.

According to the Italian press, the last tests carried out this weekend had again revealed a low viral load in Ronaldo. CR7, who has no symptoms, lives in isolation in his Turin home from where he posts images on social media showing him keeping in shape. He has missed Juventus’ last three games, including the Champions League debut in Kiev.

This clash between Juve and Barça, on behalf of the second day of the C1, must constitute the first face to face between Ronaldo and Messi since the classicos of La Liga, at the time when the Portuguese played for Real Madrid. In head-to-head confrontations, as with the number of individual trophies, the Argentinian “Chip” with the six Golden Balls leads in front of the Portuguese (five Golden Balls): 16 wins for the Argentinian, in all competitions, against 10 for the Portuguese (for nine draws). But Ronaldo remains the top scorer in the Champions League with 130 goals, against 116 for the Argentine. In the event of Ronaldo’s withdrawal, the reunion would be postponed until the return match, scheduled for December 8 in Catalonia.