Juventus slammed for supporting ‘great champion’ Cristiano Ronaldo

-Juventus are ready to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday night

– There is growing concern among his biggest sponsors over allegations of rape

– Criticism has been aimed at Juve after they came out in support of their player

– Shares in Juventus have fallen sharply, with the stock price down 13 per cent

Juventus are ready to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday evening despite growing concern from his sponsors over allegations of rape.

The club were described as ‘awful’ by Gary Lineker after they released a statement in support of ‘great champion’ Ronaldo. Sponsors Nike and Electronic Arts distanced themselves from the 33-year-old amid a reopened police investigation.

Shares in Juventus fell sharply on Friday, with the stock price down almost 10 per cent. It has now crashed 18 per cent since the allegations emerged on Sunday.

His former side Manchester United also left themselves open to criticism by using the narrative of Ronaldo’s comeback to Old Trafford to promote ticket sales for their Champions League game against Juventus on October 23.

Ronaldo is being sued by Kathryn Mayorga, who says he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Ronaldo denies the charge and Juventus are ready to select him for the first time since the story broke. He is in contention for Saturday’s visit to Udinese after missing Tuesday’s Champions League game against Young Boys through suspension.

Manager Massimiliano Allegri said the £100million signing could start. ‘I must say that I’ve only known him as a person for three months, but over the years I’ve seen him as a serious person, both on and off the pitch,’ said Allegri.

‘He has broad shoulders, so much so that he can be completely focused on the match. After having a break from the Champions League, he is extremely ready to return, as he demonstrated in training yesterday.’

Lineker slammed Juve after the Serie A holders tweeted: ‘Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism . . . the events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.’

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Ronaldo risks losing £350 million empire after former hotel hostess accused him of rape

Any car, any house, any executive jet. Indeed, any number of made-to-order surrogate children. Cristiano Ronaldo, footballer turned global brand, the ‘galactico’ with a galactic fortune — some £350 million and counting — can have it all.

Except apparently the silence he allegedly tried — and failed — to buy of the woman who accuses him of rape.

The striker, recruited this year at the age of 33 by Juventus following a glittering career that has taken in Manchester United and Real Madrid, is now facing the possibility of being tried for rape in the U.S. state of Nevada.

It follows the claim from former hotel hostess Kathryn Mayorga that the Portugal captain raped her in his £770-a-night penthouse room at the Hotel Palms Place in Las Vegas in 2009.

The claims were first published by the German magazine, Der Spiegel. Ronaldo’s lawyers have said they will sue the publication.

In a statement, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said ‘the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal’. He has added that he had been instructed to seek compensation for ‘moral damages’ over ‘probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years’.

In a lengthy and detailed interview, Miss Mayorga told the German news magazine Der Spiegel how Ronaldo apologised after forcing himself upon her despite repeated rejections.

She says he went ‘down on his knees and said: ‘‘Ninety-nine per cent of me is a good guy, I just don’t know about the other one per cent.’’ ’

Claiming to have suffered years of mental torment and suicidal thoughts as a result, Miss Mayorga says Ronaldo’s lawyers purchased her silence in 2010 with a £288,000 out-of-court settlement, something she now regrets.

Prior to the settlement, the magazine cites documents claiming that U.S. lawyers hired a private detective to follow Miss Mayorga and ‘dig up dirt’, watching her house, following her and finding out information about her parking tickets.

She also claims his lawyers tried to ‘discredit’ her, saying that her hostess job was not a ‘good girl’ job’.

As part of the settlement, Ronaldo’s legal team reportedly insisted that Miss Mayorga be prohibited from mentioning the player even to her therapist. If the allegation is proven, that ‘one per cent’ of flawed character will be fatal for a player used to having the world at his feet.

As the cases of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein show, fame, wealth and passage of time are now no deterrent to women seeking redress for sexual offences.

According to Der Spiegel, Miss Mayorga, now 34, contacted police shortly after the alleged attack but initially refused to identify her assailant. She then decided not to pursue it through the criminal system and chose the civil path, and a settlement.

Yesterday, Ronaldo, a father of four, counter-attacked, accusing Miss Mayorga of peddling ‘fake, fake news’, while his lawyer in Germany promised legal action against Der Spiegel.

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UCL DRAW: All the talking points as Ronaldo sets to return to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo will head back to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn in Champions League Group H with Italian champions Juventus.

Aside from Ronaldo and Juventus providing a difficult challenge, United should face easier rides against Valencia and Young Boys, who return to the group stages this year.

However Ronaldo’s reunion can’t be dismissed as the 33-year-old tries to win the Champions League for a fourth year in a row.

The pressure is only increasing on manager Jose Mourinho as United, after a poor start to the Premier League season, face Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.

The ties against Juventus are going to be marquee occasions, especially because of the match-up between Mourinho and Ronaldo, who joined the Italian club from Real Madrid for £100million in the summer.

They may share the same super agent in Jorge Mendes but the pair had a fraught relationship when Mourinho managed Real.

Three of the four English teams have received difficult draws. Last season’s finalists Liverpool also have a tough group to negotiate against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

Tottenham, who face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan in Group B, look like they will be playing most of their home games at Wembley with their new ground not expected to open until December.

Real Madrid, winners in each of the last three seasons, will face 2018 semi-finalists Roma, along with CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen from the Czech Republic.

The final this season will be held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. If Diego Simeone’s men want to attend the party at their own house, they must negotiate a group featuring Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge.

Bayern Munich, once again among the favorites for the title, are in Group B with Benfica, Ajax, and AEK Athens – who knocked out Celtic in the qualifiers.

The weakest pool appears to be Group D, with Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow as top seeds. Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray will all be eyeing a place in the last 16.

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He’s Gone! Ronaldo Quits Real Madrid To Join Juventus In Staggering Sh11.7 Billion

Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88million move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.

It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting in Greece, where Ronaldo is currently on holiday with his girlfriend and family.

Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.

It read: ‘Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.’

‘Beyond the titles won, the trophies collected and the triumphs achieved on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.’

Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.

He said: ‘I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.’

An hour after Real Madrid’s statement, Juventus confirmed the news of Ronaldo’s capture on their website.

The club confirmed that they will pay £88m (€100m) to the Spanish giants, with a further payment of £10m is believed to be going to his first club Sporting Lisbon.

‘Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with the company Real Madrid Club De Futbol SpA for the definitive acquisition of the right to the sports performances of the player Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo against a fee €100million, payable in two years, plus the solidarity contribution provided for by the FIFA regulations and accessory charges for €12million,’ the statement read.

‘Juventus signed a four-year sports performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2022.’

Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid with a legacy littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.

He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.

‘Real Madrid will always be his home.’

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World Cup: Ronaldo Misses Penalty, Avoids Red Card As Portugal Survives Iran Scare To Progress

Uruguay beat ten man Russia 3-0 in their final world cup group A match to finish top with nine points, while the hosts progressed to the last 16 as runners up.

In the same group, hard fighting Egypt finished bottom after a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. However, veteran Egypt keeper El Hadary made history by becoming the oldest player to feature in the tournament aged 45 years and 161 days.

In pool B, Portugal progressed to the knockout stages with a 1-1 draw against Iran in a game full of VAR controversies. Veteran Ricardo Quaresma scored a first half before Karim Ansarifard tucked a late Iran spot kick into the top corner, as captain Cristiano Ronado’s penalty was saved.

Spain finished top with another controversial two-all draw against Morocco.

Uruguay will play Portugal in the last 16 while Russia will tackle Spain.

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Cristiano Ronaldo told team-mates ‘he wants to leave Real Madrid’

Cristiano Ronaldo may have shocked Real Madrid fans by throwing his future into doubt in the immediate aftermath of their 13th Champions League triumph, but his team-mates reportedly knew of his intentions for weeks.

The 33-year-old strongly suggested he would look to leave the Bernabeu this summer after helping them to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev, securing a record fifth Champions League title for himself in the process.

‘It was very nice to be in Madrid,’ he told beIN Sports. ‘In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been by my side.’

But while Ronaldo has since left Real Madrid fans on tenterhooks, Spanish outlet Marca claims he has long decided to quit and told his team-mates ‘weeks ago’.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has regularly threatened to quit only to be awarded a new and improved contract, and it seems that he may again be angling for a pay rise.

It has been widely reported that Ronaldo is seeking parity with his rival Lionel Messi, who was made the world’s best-paid player by Barcelona earlier this season with a new deal worth a staggering £35million per season.

President Florentino Perez has been reluctant to give Ronaldo, who currently earns £18m per season, such a massive increase and the fact that he has a €1bn (£870m) release clause puts the power in the club’s hands.

Zinedine Zidane’s shock decision to quit as head coach has further set Ronaldo’s agenda back with Perez and the Real Madrid board now firmly focussed on finding a replacement as quickly as possible.

Significantly, Real Madrid are also confident that no club in Europe will match either their asking price or his wage demands. Paris Saint-Germain are settled with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while a return to Manchester United looks to have died a death.

Only a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League could satisfy Ronaldo’s insatiable appetite for more money, but would certainly see his standing as one of the world’s best players end once and for all.

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Cristiano Jr tries to emulate daddy’s inredible bicycle kick goal

Anything you can do I can do better – that was the attitude of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr as he emulated his dad’s incredible overhead kick ahead of the Madrid derby.

The seven-year-old has shown flashes of his footballing genes and he seized the opportunity when allowed on the Bernabeu pitch on Sunday as he looked to copy the technique shown by his dad.

Real Madrid icon Ronaldo tore Juventus apart in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals and topped off his man of the match performance with a phenomenal overhead kick goal.

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Ronaldo Jr has previously looked to mimic the behaviour of his esteemed father when he looked to copy his trademark goal celebration.

He flexed his muscles topless and the effort was put out on Ronaldo’s official Instagram page with fans fawning over the father and son’s similarities.

With Ronaldo approaching the final years of his incredible career in the game, he has high hopes for his son after his football skill-set continues to blossom.

His son no doubt would have appreciated the footballing lesson he saw on Sunday as his dad broke the deadlock in the first half.

Ronaldo smartly converted on the volley to give Zinedine Zidane’s side the lead before Antoine Griezmann levelled and both sides shared the points.

Real Madrid’s attention now turns to the Champions League as they prepare to face Juventus in the second leg at the Bernebau on Wednesday.

The quarter-final tie is largely a formality after Zidane’s side scored three away goals – two by Ronaldo – and one eye will be on the semi-finals with the draw taking place on Friday, April 13.

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PHOTO: Meet the Arsenal supporting Taxi driver who would do anything to annoy man united fans

A Kenyan taxi driver operating with one of the leading taxi companies in the country has become an overnight internet sensation. This is after an international female journalist, Samira Sawlani shared her experience in the man’s vehicle.

The unknown driver apparently has a Cristiano Ronaldo mat from when he was at Manchester United on his vehicle but apparently he is an Arsenal die hard fan.

Samira on her twitter account narrated how she engaged the driver in a conversation only to realize the man’s intentions were purely to mock Manchester United fans.

Her tweet read, I get into my taxify in Nairobi today and see these mats: Me: oh so you’re a Ronaldo fan or a Man U fan from when he played for them? Driver: I support Arsenal, I had these mats put in years ago because I wanted people to step on Man Utd. It makes me happy.

Check the mat below.

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Record Breaking Ronaldo Steers Real Madrid To A 3-0 Win Over Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace including a spectacular overhead kick to help Real Madrid beat Juventus three nil in the first leg of the champions league quarter final played in Turin.

Ronaldo opened the scoring, three minutes after kick off and doubled the lead after the break with an incredible bicycle kick as Juventus fans rose to give him a standing ovation.

Marcelo added the third goal as Madrid took a huge step towards progressing to semi finals and remain in firm contention to defend their trophy.  Elsewhere, Bayern Munich secured a 2-1 win over Sevilla in Spain thanks to an own goal from Jesus Navas and Thiago Alcantara’s goal in second half.

Former Miss Bum Bum winner to sue Cristiano Ronaldo over sexual harassment

A former winner of the ‘Miss Bum Bum’ beauty pageant is suing Cristiano Ronaldo over claims she was sexually harassed and trolled after splitting with the football star.

Brazilian beauty queen Erika Canela, 26, claims she was sent ‘offensive and insulting’ messages when she ended her two-month relationship with the Portugal captain.

She says she received messages from the Real Madrid forward that called her a ‘w****’ and said he would ‘ruin her life’ but did not know if they were from him or someone else.

‘I stopped eating, I couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to go out any more’ she told the Sun on Sunday.

Her lawyers have launched a ‘cease and desist’ case against the striker and may seek damages over claims his actions were ‘humiliating’ and have ‘profoundly affected her emotional state’.

The 26-year-old gained fame when she became the first black woman ever to win the ‘Miss Bum Bum’ title in 2016, a Brazilian contest that searches for the best bottom.

She shot to overnight fame in her native Brazil and won £18,000 and a string of lucrative modelling contracts.

Her new found fame gathered the attention of the former Manchester United player and she claims he invited her to his homes in Madrid and Lisbon to sleep with her.

Since becoming Miss Bum Bum she has starred on the cover of Playboy in Portugal, and posed naked for the magazine’s Venezuelan edition.

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