Cristiano Ronaldo tests negative for COVID-19

CRISTIANO RONALDO has tested negative for coronavirus and can return to Juventus training after 17 days in self-isolation.

The Portuguese star, 35, contracted the virus and tested positive while on international duty in his homeland.

He travelled back to Turin but continued to quarantine at home.

Now, after two further positive tests forced him to miss the Champions League defeat against Barcelona, his latest check has come back clear.

And Juventus confirmed he is therefore no longer obliged to stay at home.

That could mean he is available to play in the Serie A clash away at Spezia on Sunday afternoon.

Ronaldo last played on October 11 in the 0-0 Nations League draw with France.

But two days later he was forced to quarantine after testing positive – despite being asymptomatic.

The forward watched on from his hotel room as the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva trained before he got a private jet back to Italy – with the Italian sports minister believing he had broken protocol by flying home.

Being locked up inside again took its toll on Ronaldo – especially as he was unable to face Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the Champions League this week.

Feeling fully fit, he continued to train at his home gym and blasted the PCB swab test as ‘bulls***’ after his third positive result returned as frustrations started to grow.

Most alarmingly of all, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – who does not exactly lack self-confidence when it comes to his body and appearance – opted to shave his head in a radical new hairstyle.