The latest episode of a tantalizing showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been suspended, according to reports.
Juventus were drawn in the same squad as Barcelona in this season’s Champions League, sparking fans’ enthusiasm with two of the game’s greats set to share the same pitch again.
However, the fear that this might not happen has become a distinct possibility after it was revealed that Ronaldo tested positive for the coronavirus while on international duty with Portugal earlier this month.
Ronaldo was excluded from Juve’s Serie A clash with Verona last weekend after returning a positive COVID test.
And now he will not be in contention to play against Messi as he has always tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, Sky Sports Italia reports by Football Italia.
Juve and Barca are expected to reach the bottom 16 of their squad with ease, having started their campaign with comfortable wins against Dynamo Kiev and Hungarian club Ferencvarosi TC respectively.
But the two clashes between the Italian and Spanish giants should be crucial in deciding who will top Group G with a supposedly easier draw of the last 16 to the group winner.
Wednesday’s clash takes place in Turin on Wednesday, while the Camp Nou second leg is set to take place on December 8.
Ronaldo and Messi have faced each other 35 times during their respective careers, but the two have not locked the horns since May 2018.
This happened during Ronaldo’s last season at Real Madrid, with Los Blancos playing a 2-2 draw in their LaLiga El Clasico clash.
Ronaldo and Messi were both on the scoresheet that day with one goal apiece, while Gareth Bale scored Real’s other goal and Luiz Suarez scored Barca’s other goal.
But it looks like the wait to see Ronaldo face Messi again will continue.
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