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Cristiano Ronaldo Could Still Face Barcelona And Lionel Messi Despite Second Positive Coronavirus Test

Cristiano Ronaldo Could Still Face Barcelona And Lionel Messi Despite Second Positive Coronavirus Test

Cristiano Ronaldo still has a chance of making Juventus' Champions League clash with Barcelona despite a second positive coronavirus test.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner tested positive while on international duty with Portugal on October 13 and was set to make a return this weekend.

But it was revealed on Thursday that Ronaldo had tested positive for a second time, showing no symptoms this time.

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The Sun report Juventus have informed UEFA of his condition and expect him to take a test 24 hours before the Barcelona clash.

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Image Credit: PA

If the test returns negative, it means he'll be able to return to action on October 28, when Juventus welcome Barcelona to the Allianz Stadium.

Messi spoke to DAZN earlier this week and said he hopes Ronaldo can recover in time so the pair can renew their legendary rivalry.

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"The one with Cristiano Ronaldo was and is a special duel, which will remain forever," he said, reflecting on their time together in La Liga. "It lasted many years and it is not easy to maintain certain levels for a long time.

"Our teams were also very demanding: Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two strongest clubs in the world. Competing as equals for so many years is something that will remain forever.

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When asked about the pair possibly sharing a pitch together once more, the Argentine said: "Obviously when Cristiano played for Real Madrid the games were special, against them they always are, but with Cristiano on the pitch they had a particular meaning. It is now the past, now we look forward to today's challenges.

"Wednesday there could be this challenge. We hope that Cristiano can be there and will soon recover from Covid."

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Since Ronaldo departed Real Madrid in 2018, the duo have spoken fondly of one another and explained that their careers are interlinked.

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Ronaldo said at the 2019 Champions League draw: "I shared this stage with him (Messi) for 15 years.

"I don't know if it has ever happened before in football - the same two guys in the same stage all the time.

"Of course we have a good relationship - we have not had dinner together yet, but I hope so in the future.

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"We have that battle, he pushed me and I pushed him as well. It's great to be a part of the history of football. I am there, and of course, he is as well."

Featured Image Credit: Cristiano Ronaldo/Instagram & PA Images

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Legends, Juventus, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and he has previous experience with Manchester United. He has spoken to some of the biggest names in sport including Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, WWE COO Triple H and current WWE champion Drew McIntyre. May or may not do a decent impression of Jamie Carragher.