Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to news that he will miss out on reunion with Lionel Messi

Kaya Kaynak October 28, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to news that he will miss out on reunion with Lionel Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to the news that he will miss out on a reunion with Lionel Messi.

The two were due to renew their famed rivalry in the Champions League on Wednesday night when Juventus host Barcelona.

But after the Portuguese forward returned a positive test for covid-19 it has been confirmed that he will miss the game.

The news has not been met well by Ronaldo, who has taken to social media to share his frustration.

The rivalry

The match-up between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is almost unparalleled in football history.

Only Luka Modric has been able to break their 12-year stronghold on the Balon d’Or award.

As two of the greatest players of all time, they have constantly pushed eachother to new heights across the past decade.

They have not faced eachother on the pitch though since Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

With both now well into their thirties there is not much time left for contests between them on the pitch.

Ronaldo speaks out

Ronaldo is certainly not happy about the news that he will miss a chance to take on his old foe.

The 35-year-old took to Instagram to reveal that he is “feeling good and healthy” despite his positive test for COVID-19.

Ronaldo first tested positive for the virus while on international duty with Portugal.

Given that a two-week period of self-isolation has passed there was a hope that he could be fit in time for the Champions League clash.

But, after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s latest test revealed that he still has the virus, it was confirmed that he will not be available on Wednesday night.

Not over yet for Ronaldo vs Messi

There is still hope for football fans hoping to see two of the greatest players of all time face off once more.

The return fixture of this game is set to take place at the Nou Camp on December 8.

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Kaya is a sports journalist who is desperately missing football. He has worked with talkSPORT, 90min.com, GiveMeSport and CBC. He has a first class master's degree in international journalism from City University of London. He is also a fluent Turkish speaker and is proficient in French. Follow him on twitter @kayakaynak97 for all his latest articles.