Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo labelled PCR coronavirus testing as ‘bulls***’ after he tested positive for a third time.
The Juventus star was forced to miss his team’s Champions League showdown with Spanish giant Barcelona, The Sun reports.
It was a devastating blow for fans who were looking forward to watching him go up against old rival Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo, 35, reassured fans ahead of the 2-0 defeat that he was “feeling good and healthy” despite the news.
He tweeted a picture of himself with his new shaved hair with the caption: “Feeling good and healthy! Forza Juve!”
Cristiano Ronaldo was looking for answersSource:Getty Images
But the ex-Real Madrid star questioned the efficiency of swab tests as he wrote: “PCR IS BULLS***.”
He later deleted the comment.
Ronaldo received his results for the PCR (swab) test on Tuesday — just 24 hours before he was set to play against Barcelona.
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test has been widely used in Australia with the Department of Health advising patients need consecutive negative tests to be cleared of the virus and allowed out of isolation.
Ronaldo will now watch the two European heavyweights inside his own home and will hope to make his return in the Serie A game against Spezia on November 1.
Juventus’ Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo.Source:AFP
Juve lost after Ousmane Dembele’s heavily deflected shot opened the scoring and Messi scored a late penalty — after Alvaro Morata had seen three goals ruled out for offside.
Ronaldo first contracted the virus while on international duty earlier this month.
The Juve star immediately left Portugal’s training camp and flew to Turin in a private air ambulance.
And he recorded his second positive result last Thursday – nine days after his first diagnosis.
He is currently self-isolating in his Turin home and has reportedly displayed no symptoms.
Ronaldo has been sleeping separately from partner Georgina Rodriguez and his four children – who all returned negative tests.
The former Manchester United star has spent his free time topping up his tan in his garden.
— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission
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