Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal immediately upon return from COVID-19
Nearly three weeks ago, Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing him to miss four games, including a supposedly massive showdown with Lionel Messi and Barcelona. After going into home isolation for 19 days, the team announced that the 35-year old legend tested negative for the virus.
Ronaldo finally made his return to the field as a substitute. He entered at the 56-minute mark of Sunday’s game against Spezia in Serie A. And it didn’t take long for the Portuguese star to make his presence known. In fact, he only needed three minutes to get on the scoreboard.
Cristiano Ronaldo GOAL on his return! pic.twitter.com/SpGDAIF2TO
— TC. (@totalcristiano) November 1, 2020
A true legend right there. I mean, that’s what he does, right?
That was actually a go-ahead goal, which gave Juventus a 2-1 lead. Adrian Rabiot later gave Juventus a 3-1 advantage, before Ronaldo scored his second goal of the match to put them up 4-1.
Ronaldo had expressed his frustration over testing positive for COVID-19 for a third time. Juventus certainly missed Ronaldo’s presence in the four games he sat out. The Italian club lost three games in Ronaldo’s absence, including a 2-0 defeat in the highly-anticipated match-up against Barca.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned with a positive test on Oct. 13 while playing with his home country. He immediately went into home quarantine upon his return to Italy.
Ronaldo and Messi have yet to face off since the former left Real Madrid in 2018. Soccer fans will get another chance to see the two legends go at it when Juventus pays a visit to Barcelona in the reverse Group G on December 8.