Fans may miss out on seeing Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi as the Portuguese winger tested positive for COVID-19.
Fans over the world were extremely excited when they learnt that Juventus and Barcelona would be in the same group in the UEFA Champions League group stages. This would also mean that two of the best players would once again go head to head to cement their legacy as the better of the two. However, it now seems like that we might not get to witness their legendary rivalry as Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13th.
Ronaldo now enters the list of high profile footballers who tested positive for the virus. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Paul Pogba, and many more were infected with the virus but all of them were cured within weeks. Now while it might not be serious for Ronaldo, who was showing no symptoms, he will still have to self-isolate and be cured of the virus for at least a week before he is allowed to play club or international football.
The five-times Ballon d’Or winner was on international duty when he was tested positive on the 13th. This means that he will be missing at least the next three games, October 14th’s match against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League, October 17th’s match against Crotone in the Serie A, and October 20th’s match against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.
The match with Barcelona is on the 28th of October and hopefully, he will heal up by then and will finish his time in self-isolation. However, it all depends upon whether he is free of the virus for at least a week before the 28th. He will surely miss the aforementioned three matches but he could miss more if he cannot declare that he is COVID free a week prior to the crucial match.
He should make a steady recovery as Portugal’s manager told reporters that the winger is asymptomatic and in good mood.
He is managing the situation very well. He is in the room, saying he wants to play, he talks to us from upstairs [from his balcony], He is completely asymptomatic, he is okay, without any symptoms, he doesn’t even know what happened to him.” Fernando Santos said to the reporters.
The diagnosis came out of the blue for him and given Ronaldo’s inhuman physical attributes, it’s unlikely that the virus will cause him much harm and will go away sooner rather than later. Fans will be wishing for a speedy recovery as they would not like to miss out on a Messi v.s. Ronaldo clash, a rivalry which they could not witness after the Portuguese left Real Madrid in 2018.
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