CRISTIANO RONALDO has tested positive for coronavirus for a second time, according to reports.
The Juventus star had already been diagnosed with the illness while on Portugal duty earlier in the month.
But nine days after that positive test, Ronaldo is still infectious.
According to Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha, the 35-year-old’s latest results came back on Thursday.
And this second diagnosis will almost certainly rule Ronaldo out of Juve’s Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.
Andrea Pirlo’s side were without the forward as they dropped points away to Crotone on the weekend before beating Dynamo Kyiv.
On Sunday, they host Hellas Verona ahead of welcoming Barcelona to Turin three days later.
Self-isolation guidelines would appear to confirm Ronaldo‘s absence for that clash, with Uefa demanding a negative test well in advance of the game.
The former Manchester United star is holed up in Turin while he overcomes the illness.
On Wednesday, he posted an Instagram video of himself working out on an exercise bike – while sporting a new shaved head look.
He captioned the post: “Success in life is not measured by what you achieve, but by the obstacles you overcome.”
Ronaldo’s first positive test, confirmed on October 13, meant he sat out Portugal’s Nations League win over Sweden.
The night before his diagnosis, the forward attended a dinner with the entire squad where social distancing did not appear to be observed.
An air ambulance flew Ronaldo back to Italy last week.
Last week, he was said to be ‘doing well’ with no symptoms of the deadly disease.
Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro stated: “He’s doing well, thank God.
“Unfortunately I can’t be with him but I’m supporting him from a distance.”