Ronaldo: Rape allegation just isn’t a distraction
Sports activities Entire world News of Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Ronaldo denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas resort in 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo spoke publicly about a rape allegation in the course of a Monday information meeting in advance of Juventus’ Champions League match with his previous club Manchester United.
Ronaldo mentioned the reopened police investigation in Las Vegas into a 2009 grievance involving Kathryn Mayorga, who claims she was raped by the Portuguese footballer.
“The fact is always coming in the very first posture,” Ronaldo said Monday.
It was the initially time Ronaldo formally addressed the allegation considering that he produced a assertion through Twitter on Oct. 3, in which he “firmly” denied the accusations and named rape “an abominable crime that goes in opposition to everything that I am and feel in.”
Ronaldo’s Las Vegas-based mostly attorney, Peter S. Christiansen, acknowledged before this month that Ronaldo and Mayorga had achieved a nondisclosure arrangement in 2010, a yr soon after the complaint was filed.
On Monday, Ronaldo brushed off concerns about the situation.
“I am a content person,” Ronaldo mentioned. “We did the statement two weeks in the past, if I am not improper. I am glad. Of training course, I am not likely to lie in this situation. I’m very pleased. My legal professionals, they are self-assured and of course I am, too.
“The most important is I love the soccer, I enjoy my existence. The rest, I have men and women who acquire care of my lifetime. Of class, the real truth is often coming in the very first posture. So, I am fantastic.
“I know I am an illustration. I know, 100 %. In the pitch and exterior the pitch. So I’m always smiling, I am a delighted male, I am blessed that I perform in a wonderful club, I have a amazing loved ones, I have four young children, I am balanced.
“I have every thing. So the relaxation, it doesn’t interfere [with] me. I am incredibly, incredibly effectively.”
Previously in the news conference, Ronaldo prevented a dilemma about Authentic Madrid, who have struggled this time because his transfer to Italy.
“I will not want to review Juve and Authentic, they are the two fantastic clubs,” he stated. “This is a new chapter in my lifestyle. Now is not the time to converse about other clubs. The criticism of other golf equipment does not desire me and I am not the correct particular person to converse about that.”
He did, on the other hand, talk fondly of one more of his previous clubs, United, forward of his to start with time back again at Previous Trafford due to the fact 2013.
He stated he will not celebrate if he scores soon after refusing to do so when he observed the net for Authentic Madrid in a Champions League very last-16 clash at the stadium 5 a long time back.
“It is unique for me to return to Manchester,” Ronaldo stated.
“Right here, I have a lot of memories of victories and affection and in certain with Sir Alex Ferguson, to whom I send a major hug. He is a person who assisted me so a lot.”
Ronaldo was also questioned about controversy encompassing the Puskas Award for the finest goal of the year.
His magnificent overhead kick for Actual Madrid towards Juventus was overlooked in favour of a Mo Salah strike, but Ronaldo insisted he is not concerned about the snub.
“I imagine this is not the most essential,” he reported. “I’m not obsessed with personal awards. I have to focus.
“The last two months at Juve have been awesome. I get pleasure from a ton to enjoy there. Almost everything goes very well, the staff is excellent.
“Awards for me you should not mean every thing. It assists and they are excellent, but they are not an obsession. I earn quite a few trophies, so no problem.”