Amid rape case, Ronaldo asks for space to celebrate goal

Silvia Morton
October 9, 2018

Unstoppable Juventus maintained their ideal start to the season after 10 matches when first-half goals from Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a 2-0 win at Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.

Juve pushed for more goals in the closing stages of the game, but they were unable to create another clear-cut chance as the encounter ended 2-0.

The 21-year-old got off the mark for the club with a poacher's goal, nodding in from close range ahead of Ronaldo, but his forays forward did not have a negative impact on his usual style of play, as he battled away and was neat in possession.

The statement comes in the way of a denial from the player, who said: "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in".

"CRSexe", was the front-page headline on Rome-based Corriere dello Sport on Saturday, referring to the allegations.

The Las Vegas-based criminal lawyer has already worked with well-known athletes like Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson and Andre Agassi.

Portugal said Thursday Ronaldo will play no part in the country's next four internationals, but national coach Fernando Santos gave him his backing.

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It was Ronaldo's fourth goal for his new club since his move from Real Madrid in the summer, and he was afforded a rapturous reception by Juve fans, who chanted "Cristiano, Cristiano", as he left the dressing room following Saturday's evening's game. The ad promotes his CR7 underwear line - he plays in the number 7 jersey - with Italian fashion brand Yamamay.

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. On Friday, they closed down 9.92% at €1.19 on the Milan stock exchange. He has firmly denied the accusation.

Ronaldo has denied the accusation.

"Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus".

The defending Serie A champions' tweets were widely panned on social media as "dismissive" and "insensitive".

Ms Mayorga claims he attacked her in the penthouse suite of the Palms Casino Resort - before apologising and saying he is "usually a gentleman", explosive court papers allege.

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