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.
The Portuguese superstar is reportedly set to miss the Barca game as Uefa rules mean he must be Covid-free at least one week before the October 28 clash.
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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.
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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