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Barcelona have posters of Cristiano Ronaldo at training ground - with strict warning attached

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-18
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Barcelona have reportedly pinned news stories about Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive coronavirus test as a warning to their players to stay in line.

The Juventus forward was the most high-profile player to pick up the virus after being infected whilst on international duty with Portugal last October.

It caused Ronaldo to miss their Champions League group stage game in Turin, a match the Blaugrana would go on to win 2-0 thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi.

While the walls of Barca’s training ground are adorned with pictures of Messi, according to AS there is also a small dedication to his oldest rival.

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed the first clash with Barcelona, before scoring twice in the return fixture at the Camp Nou ( Image: REUTERS)

The report claims that in one of the dressing rooms at their Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facility, a story relating to his positive test is pinned up.

It is placed to serve as a warning to Ronald Koeman’s stars to live by the strict precautions in place to keep them Covid free.

Underneath the news cutting is the statement “the competition is at stake” and in red letters “the rules are to be met”.

Barca managed to negotiate the pitfalls surrounding the pandemic last season, with Sergi Roberto the only first-team player to miss game time.

That didn’t necessarily help them on the pitch as they finished third behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in LaLiga, while crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

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Stories confirming Ronaldo's positive coronavirus test are pinned up at the Barcelona training ground

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In fact, Ronaldo would return to the line-up for the game back at the Nou Camp, taking centre stage as Juventus exacted their revenge, winning 3-0 courtesy of a brace from the Portugal international - topping the group in the process.

Koeman is clearly keeping a particularly keen eye on the health of his players amid the pandemic, after getting first-hand experience of the threat of the virus.

The Dutchman contracted Covid before he was appointed as boss last summer and admitted it had a real impact on his health.

“I really suffered in the sense that I was really unwell. I was so very tired and I had a fever. It was worse at night but I didn’t get it very badly,” he said last year.

"I did feel very unwell though, especially the tiredness.”

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