Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Juventus, receives support from Portuguese prime minister

09 October, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Juventus shares fall after they stand by Ronaldo

But Ronaldo - who denies raping Kathryn Mayorga in Las Vegas in 2009 - was the focus of attention in his first game since police in America responded to the claims made in the German magazine Der Spiegel.

The Juventus and Portugal player has firmly denied these allegations, saying he had a "clear conscience".

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play for Juventus against Udinese on Saturday despite the rape claims made against him in the United States, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday as the Italian champions try to maintain their flawless start to the Serie A season. "It is not enough for someone to be accused of something to be guilty of it".

Ronaldo was included in the Juve starting line-up alongside Paulo Dybala, despite the rape accusations being levelled at the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

"And certainly what we all wish for is that nothing can ever stain that record of Ronaldo".

Leslie Stovall, representing American former model Mayorga, now 34, told The Mail on Sunday: "I have had a call from a woman who claims to have had a similar experience." .

The many brands affiliated with the Juventus star will now be weighing up whether they should stick by this commercial powerhouse or cut ties from a figure under enormous scrutiny.

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It remains to be seen, though, how much this incident will hurt Ronaldo's reputation and career, or whether Electronic Arts is already searching for a replacement athlete to appear on the cover of its latest Federation Internationale de Football Association game, which came out on September 28.

Asked how Ronaldo is dealing with the fallout from the allegation, which has also seen multiple sponsors express concern, Allegri stuck to what he could see from Ronaldo while he's playing and training.

Ronaldo returned after his suspension for the Champions League game in midweek to score in his first game since police in Las Vegas announced this week they were reopening a rape case from 2009 following a woman's complaint.

Ronaldo was not named in the Portugal squad yesterday for the upcoming friendlies against Poland and Scotland, and may not feature for the national team until next March, although it was not indicated whether his absence is linked to the allegations.

In two tweets on Thursday, Turin giants Juve issued their support for the player they signed for €100 million in the summer, praising Ronaldo for his "great professionalism and dedication".

The back page was dominated by an advert for Ronaldo's line of underwear, featuring a full-page photograph of the player bare-chested.

Since the allegation surfaced, Juventus' share price has fallen by almost 20 percent.

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