Spanish giants Real Madrid are set to sue Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã, after the outlet claimed that the club forced former player Cristiano Ronaldo to settle with the woman that is accusing the player of sexual assault.
According to a report published by The Guardian, Los Blancos are prepared to challenge in court suggestions that the club’s hierarchy forced their former star to buy the silence of his accuser.
A woman named Kathryn Mayorga last month opened a case in the United States, suggesting that Ronaldo had raped her in 2009. Ronaldo and Mayorga reportedly signed an agreement in 2010 that is said to have bought her silence for $375,000. The mother of Mayorga has suggested that her daughter suffers emotional breakdowns whenever she comes across Ronaldo in the media.
Since the allegations became public, Ronaldo has maintained his innocence. The 33-year-old’s lawyer, Peter. S. Christiansen, has said that the allegations are based upon ”fabricated information” that may have been sold to the public by cybercriminals.
Earlier this month, Correio da Manhã published an article that suggested that Ronaldo’s defence will suggest that the club forced them to buy the silence of Mayorga. Christensen stated that Ronaldo does not deny that he entered into an agreement with Mayorga. He did, however, add that the reason for this was to prevent defamatory allegations from being made against the football superstar.
In the weeks following the news, Ronaldo’s club Juventus – as well as the Portugal national team – have stated that they will stand by their player.
Ronaldo moved to Juventus during the summer transfer window after having spent nine successful years with Real Madrid, who he helped to win the last three successive Champions League competitions. Betting outlet bet365, who is the best bookmaker for odds, has installed CR7 as a third-favourite 5/1 to win the Ballon d’Or for a record sixth time.
Although Juventus have been the most successful club in Italy since the start of the current decade, the one major trophy which has eluded them is the Champions League. The acquisition of Ronaldo who is a serial Champions League winner during the summer shows that the Old Lady of Italian football are intent on finally lifting Europe’s Premier Club competition.