Cristiano Ronaldo Will Not Play in Upcoming Game Because He Has COVID-19

The Portugal national team announced in mid-October that star Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19, and nearly two weeks later, he still isn’t clear to return to the team.

According to reports, the player has not yet tested negative for coronavirus, forcing the team to rule him out for Juventus vs. Barcelona.

Of course, this means that his highly-anticipated battle against Lionel Messi will not take place. Both players have not faced off against each other since the 2010-11 Champions League semifinals.

However, they could potentially face off on December 8 when Barcelona hosts Juventus.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from national team duties after a positive test for COVID-19; he will not face Sweden,” the team said in a statement after the test. “The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation. Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.”

Get better, Cristiano!