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Cristiano Ronaldo Test Positive For COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For COVID-19, Leaves Portugal Squad and will miss the match against Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to miss Juventus' Champions League clash against Barcelona - meaning a reunion with old foe Lionel Messi is off the cards. 

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after the Portuguese soccer federation announced his results. The veteran striker played on Sunday in Portugal's 0-0 draw with France in the UEFA Nations League match. Ronaldo is reportedly asymptomatic and is isolating. 

Portugal's UEFA Nations League match against Sweden will be played as scheduled on Wednesday at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon after the rest of the squad tested negative, but Ronaldo will miss the match. It remains to be seen how long he is out for with a big clash against Barcelona just two weeks away.

It comes after the 35-year-old tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed the news, saying: " Cristiano Ronaldo was released from training with the national team after a positive test for Covid-19, so he will not face Sweden. "The Portugal international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation. 

Here's the official statement from the PFF: 

Cristiano Ronaldo was released from national team duties after a positive test for COVID-19; he will not face Sweden. The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation. Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.

The game, counting for the qualification phase of the League of Nations, is scheduled for Wednesday in Alvalade. Ronaldo was seen greeting several French players, including PSG star Kylian Mbappe, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and more. He also swapped shirts with young French talent Eduardo Camavinga after the match. 

The news comes as Juventus are getting ready to resume Serie A play this weekend and are a week away from playing their first UEFA Champions League match of the season at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Juventus are scheduled to play their second UCL match at home against Lionel Messi and Barcelona on Oct. 28.  

It's unclear how long he will be out, but even without him, Juve should still be able to win their next two games. The attack could potentially feature Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in attack for those two games. 

The 35-year-old is coming off a disappointing Champions League campaign where he saw his side fall short to Lyon in the round of 16 of the Champions League when the season resumed back in August. He's already off to a flying start in the Italian league with  three goals and one assist through two matches.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner recently just became the second player ever on the men's side to reach over 100 goals with their national team. Ronaldo, who has five Champions League titles to his name, holds the records for the most goals (130) and assists (40) in Champions League history.

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