Five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has tested negative for COVID-19 and no longer has to isolate at home, Juventus announced on Friday.
This is coming on the heels of Juventus 2-0 loss to Barcelona, the home club of Ronaldo’s rival, Lionel Messi. But for the indisposition of Ronaldo, the game would have presented a good opportunity for fans to watch the two greatest footballers trade tackle on the UEfA Champions League 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.