Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo hit the PCR exam that left him out of his side of the Champions League tussle with Barcelona on Wednesday.
Ronaldo first tested positive for coronavirus on 13 October while on international service, and then returned a positive result nine days later.
The Portuguese forward then took the third test on Tuesday in a late attempt to get his side on Wednesday in their highly awaited Champions League match with Barcelona.
However, despite returning a positive for the third time, he will not be able to take part. An asymptomatic Ronaldo has now taken his Instagram to provide an update on his well-being, while also expressing his anger at the test itself.
Along with an image of himself smiling in the camera, the former Real Madrid man wrote ‘feeling happy and safe.’ But in a separate remark, Ronaldo wrote ‘PCR IS BULL***T.’
With Ronaldo omitted from the clash on Wednesday, his first meeting with Lionel Messi since Real Madrid was traded for Juventus in 2018 will have to wait a little longer. Of note, Juve and Barcelona will play their second group game against each other at the beginning of December.
Although Wednesday’s game may only be the second round of the Champions League, it may prove to be a critical game for either Bianconeri or Barça, both of whom are competing on three points.
Andrea Pirlo’s men defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in their first game with two Alvaro Morata shots, while Barça prevailed 5-1 over Ferencvárosi.
In Ronaldo’s absence, Juventus has not been convincing, winning just one of their three games since the international break. This includes 1-1 draws against Crotone and Verona, two sides of which the Italian giants will be able to brush aside comfortably.