Barcelona have Cristiano Ronaldo posters on the training ground – with a strict warning attached
Barcelona have reportedly pinned reports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive coronavirus test as a warning to their players to stay online.
The Juventus forward was the most prominent player to contract the virus after being infected while on international duty with Portugal last October.
This caused Ronaldo to miss their Champions League group stage fixture in Turin, a game the Blaugrana won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi.
While the walls of Barca’s training ground are adorned with photos of Messi, according to AS there is also a small dedication to his oldest rival.
The report claims that in one of the locker rooms at their Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facility, a story about her positive test is pinned.
It is set to serve as a warning to Ronald Koeman’s stars to live under the strict precautions in place to keep them free from Covid.
Under the newspaper clipping is the statement âcompetition is at stakeâ and in red letters âthe rules must be respectedâ.
Barca managed to negotiate the pitfalls surrounding the pandemic last season, with Sergi Roberto the only first-team player to miss playing time.
It didn’t necessarily help them on the pitch as they finished third behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in La Liga, while also escaping the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
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In fact, Ronaldo would return to the lineup for the game at Camp Nou, taking center stage as Juventus took their revenge, winning 3-0 thanks to a brace from the Portugal international – leading the group in the process.
Koeman is clearly keeping a particularly close eye on the health of his players in the midst of the pandemic, having gained first-hand experience of the virus threat.
The Dutchman contracted Covid before being named boss last summer and admitted it had a real impact on his health.
âI really suffered in the sense that I was really not well. I was so tired and had a fever. It was worse at night, but I didn’t really misunderstand it, âhe said last year.
“I felt very bad, especially the fatigue.”
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