Two teams struggling to impress under respective club legends met in Turin on Wednesday, and without Juventus' star player on show, it was Ronald Koeman's Barcelona who came out on top.

A 34th meeting between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in club football was put on hold due to the latter's latest coronavirus test result, and Andrea Pirlo's side paid the price in a clash that was short of quality.

There were moments. Ousmane Dembele's opener, albeit fortuitous, came at the culmination of a fine run from the winger. On Barca's opposite flank, teenager Pedri shined and Messi showed flashes of brilliance.

At the other end, Alvaro Morata displayed neat finishing, only to see all three of his strikes disallowed, yet Merih Demiral's dreadful second-minute pass ultimately summed up a dismal Juve performance – his late red card compounding the hosts' misery.

Messi netted his 70th group-stage goal to wrap up the victory from the penalty spot, as Barca won in Turin for the first time.

JUVE MISS RONALDO'S EDGE AS MESSI LEADS BARCA

Ronaldo remains in isolation due to what he labelled as "bull****" coronavirus protocols, and without him, the Serie A champions have looked decidedly ordinary.

From the four games Ronaldo has missed since testing positive for COVID-19, Pirlo's team have managed just one win, against Dynamo Kyiv in their Group G opener.

In his 33 club meetings with Messi, Ronaldo has scored 18 goals and provided one assist, creating 19 chances and claiming nine wins.

Though those statistics do not compare favourably to Messi – who has scored 21 times, created 10 goals and crafted 60 opportunities – Juve's reliance on Ronaldo has become clearer in his absence.

Juve have now lost five of the 17 games, across the Serie A and Champions League, Ronaldo has not featured in since the start of the 2018-19 season, winning nine, scoring 26 goals and conceding 17.

With Ronaldo missing, Juve needed Paulo Dybala to step up but, playing in the same central role in a 4-2-3-1 as his opposite number, he went into hiding, having only two shots and failing to create any chances.

The same could not be said of Messi, whose assist for Dembele was his 35th in the Champions League, while the 33-year-old boasted game-highs in key passes (five) – more than any Barca player in any game this season – and shots (four).

KOEMAN FINDS A SPARK AFTER BARTOMEU QUITS

Saturday's Clasico defeat to Real Madrid proved to be the final game of the Josep Maria Bartomeu era at Barca, with the club president – and the entire board of directors – resigning on Tuesday.

Though it was far from a vintage display, and one which might not be good enough against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City or holders Bayern Munich, Barca did what they needed to in Turin.

Leaving the evergreen Messi to one side, Koeman can also look to impressive displays from Dembele, Pedri and Miralem Pjanic, who made his presence felt against his former club.

Pjanic made 82 passes, second only to Messi, who attempted 95, with the former Juve playmaker achieving an accuracy of 86.6 per cent.

Pedri played with the flare of youth, though he did not shirk off his defensive work – his three tackles the joint-highest in Barca's side, along with Ronald Araujo.

Dembele's display, meanwhile, was perhaps the most promising of all for Koeman. Injury limited the Frenchman to nine appearances last season, and his deflected long-range effort ended a 12-month wait for a goal.

PIRLO STRUGGLING TO FIND A BALANCE

Though it must be noted that Wednesday's clash was only Pirlo's eighth as coach, and his first defeat, Juve looked a shadow of their former selves. 

Dybala may have been anonymous, but he was not helped by Juve's tendency to channel their play down the right flank, with only 25.4 per cent of their attacks going through central areas.

With Pjanic pulling the strings for Barca, Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur failed to combine with any real effect. Ahead of them, Dybala, Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski combined for just three attempts, with Morata forced into playing both as a poacher and creator – his tally of three opportunities created the most of any Juve player.

In their 200th Champions League game, Juve failed to put any of their 10 efforts on target, albeit Morata had three goals rightly disallowed.

Juve have now failed to score in their last four meetings with Barca, and Pirlo's Bianconeri, with three wins, four draws and a defeat, are a team struggling to discover their identity.

Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi were on target as Barcelona defeated 10-man Juventus 2-0 in their Champions League Group G clash at the Allianz Stadium.    

Playing for the first time since Josep Maria Bartomeu announced on Tuesday he and the club's board of directors are resigning, Barca started sharply and went ahead inside 15 minutes thanks to Dembele's second goal of the season.   

Juve - once again without the self-isolating Cristiano Ronaldo - were largely second best to Ronald Koeman's side throughout but will feel hard done by after Alvaro Morata had three efforts ruled out for offside.   

Merih Demiral was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card in the 85th minute before Messi compounded Juve's misery with a cool penalty in stoppage time. 

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus' Champions League fixture against Barcelona on Wednesday after being left out of the squad following his positive COVID-19 test.

Ronaldo has been self-isolating since testing positive for the virus while away on international duty with Portugal this month.

The 35-year-old had hoped to feature in Juve's Group G fixture against Barca, meaning a chance to once again go up against Lionel Messi, but needed a negative test 24 hours prior to kick-off in Turin.

Ronaldo has not featured for the Serie A club since a 2-2 draw against Roma at the end of September.

The former Real Madrid player, who has been Juve's top scorer for the past two seasons, enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Messi on the pitch during his time in LaLiga.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Ronaldo said he was "feeling good and healthy".

In a second message, which was later deleted, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner apparently proclaimed the pre-game coronavirus testing regimen was "bulls***".

Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci was included in Andrea Pirlo's squad, however, having passed a late fitness test.

Ronald Koeman says it is a major challenge to be head coach of Barcelona but insists he must be given time in the role.

The Catalans have endured a mixed start to the season under the former Netherlands boss, who took charge after Quique Setien was sacked in the wake of the 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in August.

Barca started their 2020-21 Champions League campaign with a 5-1 win over Ferencvaros, but they have taken only seven points from five matches in LaLiga.

They lost the first Clasico of the season 3-1 at home on Saturday to Real Madrid, who were reeling from consecutive defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, with Koeman's men failing to muster a single shot on target after a Lionel Messi effort in the 24th minute.

Koeman, however, has urged fans to be patient as he attempts to turn Barca back into a side capable of winning top honours, amid reports emerging on Tuesday that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to resign.

"When I was speaking with Barca to be coach, I knew it wouldn't be an easy challenge because of the changes we want to make, because of the COVID-19 issue, the economic issue, but the challenge is very big," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"I just ask for calm, for time, because we're changing a lot of things. In the game with Madrid, in 60 minutes, the team was very good."

Koeman is preparing his side to face Juventus on Wednesday in what will be opposite number Andrea Pirlo's biggest game in his short coaching career.

Pirlo, who took on his first head coach job prior to the start of the season, may be without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus while with Portugal.

Koeman hopes to see Ronaldo available despite the formidable task of facing the Champions League's all-time leading goalscorer.

"It's a game between two great teams who want to go very far in this competition. It's important that we get a good result, with the football we want to play," he said.

"It's an important game for everyone and beautiful to watch. We always want the best on the pitch. Ronaldo is a great player. I don't know if he'll be able [to play]; it's not my problem, nor my decision. But hopefully, he can be there.

"It's easier to give an opinion on Pirlo as a player. He was a great player in midfield and he gave a lot of success to various teams in Italy. He's had little time as a coach and if he's already the coach of a team like Juventus, it's for a reason."

Koeman could reportedly face disciplinary action in Spain for his comments after the Clasico, in which he suggested VAR has been used to penalise his team this season.

"I don't regret my comments after the Clasico," he added. "I said I wouldn't speak further on the subject and the most important thing is the game tomorrow. It's important to play well and get a good result."

Juventus are waiting on the results of a round of coronavirus tests to find out whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to play against Barcelona.

Ronaldo has been sidelined since testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Portugal this month, missing Serie A draws with Crotone and Hellas Verona either side of a 2-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev.

A decision on his availability for their next Champions League clash with Barca and long-time rival Lionel Messi on Wednesday will go down to the wire.

The game at the Allianz Stadium would be the first time Messi and Ronaldo have gone up against one another in the competition since May 2011.

"He had a swab today [Tuesday] like everyone else. We have to wait for the outcome of the test. I think it will come in the evening," head coach Andrea Pirlo said.

"We have to wait for the result, then we'll see [if he will play]. For now, everything is still uncertain. We hope to be able to evaluate him even if it's not easy after 15 days of inactivity."

Pirlo also has concerns in defence, with Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt ruled out and Leonardo Bonucci facing a late fitness test.

"Tomorrow we will see what players we have available. Barcelona are strong and have great champions. We will have to play a great game," he said.

"The players will certainly have to sacrifice themselves and play a great game. [Weston] McKennie is training but I don't think he can play as a defender [against Barcelona].

"I'll continue with a back four because I only have four defenders."

Lionel Messi plays football as though he is not from this planet while Cristiano Ronaldo is an "incredible worker" who was born to win trophies, according to Miralem Pjanic. 

Midfielder Pjanic swapped Juventus for Barcelona ahead of the 2020-21 campaign and is among a small group to have played alongside both superstars. 

Messi and Ronaldo have won six and five Ballons d'Or respectively and may face each other next Wednesday when Juve host Barcelona in the Champions League, though the Portuguese must first be cleared for action after being diagnosed with coronavirus. 

The pair have previously met in five Champions League encounters, with Messi 3-0 up on Ronaldo in terms of goals scored. 

Asked to outline the differences between the two players ahead of that high-profile match in Turin, Pjanic said: "They are both incredible, in the truest sense of the word. 

"Only in a few years, once they've retired, will we realise the level they reached in their football and the type of unbelievable, unreachable talents they are." 

Ronaldo has scored and assisted a combined 69 goals since joining Juventus in July 2018.

"He is an absolute champion. An incredible worker who takes care of every detail," Pjanic told Tuttosport. "He is obsessed with goals, statistics, victories - a true winner. 

"He is someone who has won wherever he has gone, a leader, but also a person who places himself nicely within the group." 

Pjanic spent two seasons playing in the same side as Ronaldo prior to joining Barcelona, where he is now linking up with Messi. 

"Lionel is awesome. It is difficult to describe - what you see in the game makes him an alien himself," the former Roma player said.  

"But when you see him up close, in training, you realise that he is always like this - it is his natural condition.  

"He amazes you with his technical gestures - it is not something normal. Every time he has the ball something happens." 

Should Ronaldo be deemed fit, next week's game will be the first time he and Messi have faced off in the Champions League since a semi-final tie between Madrid and Barca in May 2011.

Andrea Pirlo is waiting to see if Cristiano Ronaldo has returned a negative test for coronavirus, as he confirmed Paulo Dybala will start in Juventus' clash with Hellas Verona. 

Ronaldo has been self-isolating since testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Portugal and missed Juve's 1-1 draw with Crotone in Serie A last weekend and their 2-0 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday. 

Pirlo revealed on Saturday that Ronaldo remains unavailable, though Juve were waiting on the result of the 35-year-old's most-recent test to see if he could return to training.

The Bianconeri have only played 13 Serie A matches without the Portugal captain since his arrival prior to the 2018-19 season and their win percentage in those games stands at 54 per cent, while they have been victorious in 73 per cent of league fixtures when he does play.

One forward who will feature on Sunday, however, is Dybala, who made his first appearance of the season against Dynamo and is set to start against Verona. 

Dybala played 33 times in Serie A last season, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists, but a thigh injury limited his game time this term. 

"We had time to rest after the trip to Dynamo Kiev, so apart from Giorgio Chiellini, everyone else is available," Pirlo told a news conference.  

"As of last night [Friday], I had no news on Ronaldo's COVID status. We all had swabs this morning, including Ronaldo at home. He is definitely out of the match against Hellas. 

"I can confirm Dybala will start tomorrow. He had the right progress in training and it's only fair now that he starts the match. 

"I always said it was an issue of time, as he had the injury, then a virus on international duty. The two times he was on the bench without coming on, it was because we'd gone down to 10 men. He played in Kiev as a substitute, it's only right that he starts tomorrow." 

While Dybala and Ronaldo have been absent, Alvaro Morata has performed well, scoring three goals in the past two matches. 

"This is why we signed him," said Pirlo. "We knew he was a great player who provided us with different tactical options, he knows Dybala well and I think they can happily coexist in the same line-up. 

"With Atletico Madrid, he had recently been accustomed to playing largely on the back foot, so there were 80 metres in front of him to go on the counter-attack. 

"We try to keep the ball, work on the position of the body when receiving a pass, pressing to free up a man. We work for each other to ensure we can move the ball quickly." 

Cristiano Ronaldo showed off a daring new look on Wednesday as he continued to train even while isolating with coronavirus.

The Juventus forward has been restricted to his home in Turin since contracting COVID-19 during the international break.

Ronaldo missed Portugal's Nations League win over Sweden, along with Juve's draw at Crotone and Champions League victory against Dynamo Kiev.

The Bianconeri will be keen to have their talisman back in action and, based on a video shared on social media, he is likewise raring to go.

Ronaldo posted a clip filmed from outside a glass room in which he was training on a treadmill, and he is evidently not just keeping trim by working out given the new shaved-head look Juve's number seven was sporting.

He quoted: "Success in life is not measured by what you achieve, but by the obstacles you overcome."

In response to claims he had broken coronavirus rules last week, Ronaldo had revealed he was staying on a different floor to his family and had been sunbathing indoors.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a greater impact on Italian football than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former Milan and Juventus head coach Alberto Zaccheroni. 

The 39-year-old has made a considerable impact since rejoining Milan in January, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.

He has been in equally impressive form this season despite missing almost a month after contracting COVID-19, taking his tally to four goals in just two games with a double against Inter at the weekend. 

One of the best strikers of his generation, Ibrahimovic spent two years with Milan earlier in his distinguished career, a stint that included securing the Serie A title in 2011. 

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been just as prolific since he joined Juve from Real Madrid in 2018, scoring 68 goals in 91 appearances across all competitions. 

Zaccheroni, though, is in no doubt which player has had more influence on Serie A. 

"I have coached great champions in my career, from [Oliver] Bierhoff to [George] Weah up to Adriano but the only regret I have is that I never trained Ibrahimovic," he told Il Giornale.

"He is eternal and I still don't understand why he never won the Ballon d'Or.

"In Italy, he has shifted the balance more than Ronaldo. It is no coincidence that many young players have grown exponentially since his arrival.

"He doesn't just score. He transmits confidence to all his team-mates, carrying the team on his shoulders in difficult moments."

Cristiano Ronaldo is a "machine of sacrifice" who should never have been allowed to leave Real Madrid, according to Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Luis Castro.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a club-record 450 goals for Madrid and won five trophies during his nine years in the Spanish capital.

He left for Juventus in a mega-money deal in July 2018 and has maintained his impressive form with 68 goals in all competitions, helping his side to successive Serie A titles.

That includes a return of a combined 69 goals and assists in the Italian top flight since the start of 2018-19 – two more than next best Ciro Immobile at Lazio.

Ahead of Shakhtar's Champions League Group B opener with Madrid on Wednesday, Castro has questioned the LaLiga giants' decision to let the superstar forward depart.

"When you have Cristiano on your team you should never let him go. Never," he told Marca.  

"We are talking about the best, the most effective footballer in the world, a machine, a machine of sacrifice."

Ronaldo was crowned the world's best player five times at Madrid and once during his spell with Manchester United, where he spent six seasons after joining from Sporting CP. 

And Castro argued the Portugal international has done enough throughout his career to rightly be considered the greatest player to have ever played the game.

"I do not like to compare. But yes, for me he is the best," Castro said. "Cristiano has a story behind him that is exemplary. 

"He moved at just 11 years of age to Lisbon to be a footballer, leaving his home. Cristiano is someone that has risen alone, with a unique determination.

"For me he is an example for all children. People criticise Ronaldo too much. 'What if he does this, what if he spends so much money on this or the other?'.

"Yet he responds on the field every game, being aware of where he comes from. 

"The day they make a Cristiano movie and people see where he really comes from, how he became a footballer, he will be valued much more."

Andrea Pirlo described Pep Guardiola as a "model for the whole football movement" and admits he never dreamed he would one day be coaching Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Italy great Pirlo has taken his first steps into coaching with Juventus this season and his side have eight points from his four Serie A games in charge. 

There are some parallels to be drawn with Guardiola, who cut his managerial teeth at Barcelona – initially with Los Cules' B team before going on to oversee one of the greatest sides of any generation with a star-studded cast including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta. 

He consequently went on to coach Bayern Munich before joining Manchester City in 2016 and Pirlo sees Guardiola as an example for any rookie coach. 

"Guardiola is an example for all of us, he is one of the best. He gave a way forward for young coaches who wanted to promote a certain type of offensive football," Pirlo told UEFA.com. 

"Each of us has his own ideas and wants to carry them forward, but he is certainly a model for the whole football movement.  

"I like his style of play: always attacking and influencing the game in order to always manage situations. This must be our goal for the future." 

At Juve, Pirlo has Portugal superstar Ronaldo among his ranks – a player considered one of the greatest of all time. 

During his career, Ronaldo has lifted the Champions League five times, claimed domestic titles in England, Spain and Italy and is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner. 

Pirlo spoke of the pride he feels at working with a player of his calibre. 

"No, I never would have imagined it, but I am happy to have a great football player available and to see him train and play. For me and for the whole team it is a great pleasure," he added.  

"At 35 he works like a young boy, with the same passion and the desire to commit himself every day. He is an example for everyone." 

Federico Chiesa was sent off on his Juventus debut as the Cristiano Ronaldo-less Serie A champions drew 1-1 with Crotone on Saturday. 

Bereft of the talismanic Ronaldo, who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Portugal, Juve looked far from their best at Stadio Ezio Scida. 

Alvaro Morata's first goal since rejoining the club on loan from Atletico Madrid cancelled out Simy's early penalty for the hosts, but their hopes of going on to claim all three points were dealt a blow with 30 minutes remaining when Chiesa, who joined on loan from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day, received a straight red card. 

Juve - whose veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 650th Serie A appearance - thought they had won it late on thanks to a close-range finish from Morata but he was deemed to be offside after a lengthy VAR review. 

Crotone started with a spring in their step and were rewarded after 11 minutes when Simy stroked home from the penalty spot after Leonardo Bonucci had been adjudged to have fouled Arkadiusz Reca inside the area. 

Juve bounced back nine minutes later when Morata slid home from four yards after being picked out by Chiesa.

Manolo Portanova - making his first appearance since May 2019 - was denied by Alex Cordaz at his near post shortly before the interval, while at the other end Buffon denied Pedro Pereira. 

Rodrigo Bentancur flashed an effort wide immediately after the restart before Luca Cigarini whipped wide of Buffon's left-hand post from a promising position on the edge of the area. 

Chiesa then saw red for a late challenge on Cigarini, although Andrea Pirlo's men almost stole ahead soon after when Morata flicked a header onto the post. 

The Spain striker was denied a second inside the closing 15 minutes, with a VAR review showing that he was marginally offside when he turned home Juan Cuadrado's low ball into the area. 

A point moves Juve up to fourth, four points behind leaders Milan, while Crotone are off the bottom after picking up their first point of the season.

Scoring goals is not something Cristiano Ronaldo tends to find difficult. 

He's demonstrated himself to be one of the most prolific marksmen in the history of football. Still, when the all-time goalscoring record at Real Madrid was within his reach, things started to dry up. 

It speaks to Ronaldo's incredible attacking prowess that when he went into a LaLiga meeting with Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 17 in 2015 on the back of a four-game stretch without scoring in the league, it represented his joint-worst run since arriving at Madrid in 2009. 

During that streak, he missed three big chances – one in a 1-0 victory over Granada and two in a 0-0 draw with Malaga. He did not get any such opportunities in games against Athletic Bilbao or Atletico Madrid, however. 

He may have been presented with the Golden Shoe prior to kick-off, but the mounting tension was evident when he went down in the box following a push from Simao Mate and Madrid were not awarded a penalty. On his knees, arms spread out wide, he lent back and roared in disbelief. 

Such concerns quickly seemed to leave his mind, though, as he set up Marcelo for the opener.

Then the moment finally arrived.

Toni Kroos pinched the ball off Zouhair Feddal and fed Ronaldo, but his pass forced the Portugal superstar to stop his run and step inside. After a couple of touches he let out all that pent-up frustration with a venomous strike into the bottom-right corner. 

Ronaldo had done it. His 324th goal for Madrid, sending him past club legend Raul and to the top of the scoring charts at one of football's most storied teams.

He didn't stop there, though…

A new breed

Ronaldo kept on firing in goals for Los Blancos until leaving for Juventus in a €112million deal in 2018.

In his nine years at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo scored an astonishing 450 goals in 438 games. An incredible 311 of those came in LaLiga, with long-time rival Lionel Messi (440) the only player to have scored more in the competition.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's effort against Levante five years ago was one of 14 he scored against them. It sounds like a lot, but they actually got off lightly. Ten teams received greater punishment from Ronaldo, with Sevilla the ones to suffer the most – he put 27 past them. 

His best season came in 2014-15, when he scored a whopping 61 goals - as well as supplying 21 assists - in 54 appearances.

Laudable longevity

That was the second time Ronaldo hit 60 in a single campaign for Madrid (also in 2011-12) and formed part of a run of eight straight seasons in which he scored at least 40 goals. 

The only season in which he failed to do so was in 2009-10, his first in the Spanish capital. However, he still struck 33 times and set up seven more in 35 games.

A European behemoth

Ronaldo enjoyed great success with Madrid in the Champions League, lifting the trophy with them four times to take his overall tally to five. 

He was the first player in the competition's history to score 100 for the same club – he had 105 in total for Madrid – and set the record for goals in a single edition of the tournament when he notched 17 en route to glory in the 2013-14 campaign. 

It was the third straight season in which he reached double figures in Europe for Madrid and he continued that form, making Champions League history by scoring at least 10 in seven successive campaigns.

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at suggestions he broke coronavirus rules by returning to Italy after testing positive while away with the Portugal squad. 

The 35-year-old had a positive test result prior to Wednesday's 3-0 Nations League victory over Sweden and chose to return to Turin. 

The Juventus star had joined up with Portugal for their October fixtures after the Serie A champions had created a 'bubble' at the team hotel, with two members of staff having tested positive for coronavirus. 

According to reports from Italy, Ronaldo returned two negative COVID-19 tests but needed one more before being officially granted permission to leave fiduciary isolation and travel to his homeland. 

Juve confirmed Ronaldo had returned to Turin on a medical flight authorised by the competent health authorities, but Italy's minister for sport, Vincenzo Spadafora, told Rai Radio 1 there was a chance the trip had breached regulations if there had been no specific permission granted by health authorities. 

However, speaking on Friday, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward insisted he has been abiding by the rules throughout. 

"Thank you for all the messages of support," he said in an Instagram video. 

"My family is on another floor of the house; we can't have contact. But I'm asymptomatic, I can't wait to get back on the pitch to play. 

"I'm always indoors, sometimes sunbathing, [which is] also to pass the time. 

"I'm respecting the protocol. I haven't violated it as has been said – that's a lie. I returned from Portugal because my team and I wanted to respect all the procedures. 

"I returned to Italy via air ambulance and I've had no contact with anyone, not even in Turin."

Cristiano Ronaldo may have violated health protocols by travelling to Portugal for international duty, according to Italy's minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora.

The Juventus forward linked up with his national side for their October fixtures after the Serie A champions had created a 'bubble' at the team hotel, with two members of staff having tested positive for coronavirus.

According to reports from Italy, Ronaldo returned two negative COVID-19 tests but needed one more before being officially granted permission to leave fiduciary isolation and travel to his homeland.

He played a part in Portugal's goalless draws with Spain and France but was ruled out of Wednesday's win against Sweden after testing positive for the respiratory disease. 

Juventus confirmed on Wednesday that Ronaldo returned to Turin on a medical flight authorised by the competent health authorities.

Ronaldo was reportedly taken home in an ambulance to ensure no quarantine protocols were breached and is now undergoing a period of isolation.

However, while Juve say the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has acted within the rules, Spadafora disagrees.

Asked if Ronaldo's travelling violated coronavirus protocols, Italy's minister for sport told Rai Radio 1: "Yes, I think so. If there haven't been any specific authorisations from the health authority."

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