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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Negative for COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has tested negative for COVID-19 and no longer has to isolate at home, Juventus announced on Friday.

The news of Ronaldo’s recovery comes two days after he missed Juventus’s 2–0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League. Fans missed out on what would have been Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s first meeting on the UCL stage since 2011. Their next opportunity to do so will be in the reverse fixture on Tuesday, 8 December at the Nou Camp.

Ronaldo first tested positive for COVID-19 on October. 13 while on international duty with Portugal. The Portuguese Federation announced at the time that he was “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.” He returned to Turin two days later to finish his isolation period at home.

All of the 35-year-old star’s subsequent tests described him as asymptomatic, but he could not train or play until he returned a negative test.

Ronaldo has missed two Serie A matches, a pair of 1-1 draws against Crotone and Hellas Verona, and two Champions League games, including Juve’s opening win over Dynamo Kiev.

Ronaldo last featured against France in the Nations League on 11 October. Prior to his positive test, Ronaldo had scored three goals in Juventus’ first two league games.