Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives, have denied reports in a German magazine, Der Spiegel, that the Real Madrid forward paid a woman to cover up an allegation of rape.
Gestifute, the sports management company founded by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, dismissed the story as “a piece of journalistic fiction”.
In a statement responding to the article, Gestifute criticised “a disgusting and outraging” allegation and said Ronaldo will “do everything in his power to react”.
The statement read: “Today, the German newspaper Der Spiegel published a long article regarding an alleged accusation of rape that would have been directed at Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, about eight years ago.
“The article is nothing but a piece of journalistic fiction.
“The alleged victim refuses to come forward and confirm the veracity of the accusation.