Amidst the rape allegations that have been leveled against Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has voiced his support for the Portuguese forward. However, the former Real Madrid player hasn't let this controversy affect his performances on the field and much credit for it goes to the way his new club Juventus have handled the situation.
Last month, an American woman came out in media and accused the former Real Madrid forward of raping her in a hotel room in Las Vegas back in 2009, and then paid $375,000 for her silence. She claimed to have been raped after spending the night partying with Portuguese superstar, his brother-in-law and his cousin. Kathryn Mayorga insisted that the five-time Baloon D'or winner was brought down to his knees after being ashamed of the incident, while telling her that he was '99 per cent a good guy' let down by the 'one per cent'.
Agnelli, the son of former Fiat CEO Umberto Agnelli and a member of the Italian car maker's board, spoke at a club shareholders meeting in Turin and threw his support behind the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
"I'm very calm, having spoken to him directly as soon as the case emerged, on his position," Agnelli said. "And his behavior in the days and weeks that followed only confirm my initial feeling."
"It's a personal case and the choices are up to him but I reminded him my door and Juve's door are always open to him and we're here to help and support him in any way," said Agnelli.
Ahead of Juventus' mouth-watering clash against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, which saw the five-time Ballon d'Or return to Old Trafford, Ronaldo was questioned by the reporters on the controversy. He replied by saying,
"We did the statement two weeks ago, of course I'm not going to lie on this situation. My lawyers are confident and I am too. The truth always comes in first position so I am good."
The Portuguese though, had rubbished all such claims. The five-time Baloon d'Or winner has broke his silence for the first time via a live video posted on his Instagram account.
Denying the claims made against him, he said, ''No, no, no, no, no. What they said today? Fake, fake news. They want to promote [themselves by using] my name. It’s normal. They want to be famous to say my name, but it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good."