The 35-year-old will miss the chance to renew his rivalry with the Argentina star as his coronavirus-enforced absence will continue
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play against Barcelona in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Portugal and has missed three total matches thus far: one with Portugal and two with Juventus.
He will now miss out on Wednesday’s Group G clash at the Allianz Stadium, which was set to see him renew his rivalry with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo has not featured for Juve since the 2-2 draw against Roma in late-September and his absence is now set to continue.
Meanwhile, Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has said Ronaldo is under investigation for a possible breaching of protocol after he flew back to Italy following his positive test result.
In order to play in Wednesday’s clash with former La Liga rivals Lionel Messi and Barcelona, Ronaldo needed to test negative on Tuesday as protocol states a player must have a negative test 24 hours before kickoff.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was tested again ahead of the European encounter and coach Andrea Pirlo revealed on Tuesday that the club were still waiting on the results.