Juventus finally broke their silence over the rape allegations against their most expensive recruit of the summer, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Italian club voiced their support by insisting that the recent turn of events doesn't change their opinion about the Portuguese forward.
The 33-year old had denied the allegations of sexual assault imposed against him by American model Kathryn Mayorga, after the Las Vegas police revealed that they had reopened investigation on the subject. In the wake of this news, the Juventus forward issued a public statement insisting his conscience was clear.
Following which, his new club Juventus got behind their 110 million record signing, lauding the 'great professionalism' he has shown in these tough times. The Italian champions post on Twitter read: “Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus. 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.”
However, American sportswear giant, had a very cold response towards the situation of their esteemed client, with whom they have been associated with since 2003. Nike, who reportedly recently signed a $1 billion lifetime endorsement deal with the Portuguese star, expressed their concern over the rape allegations leveled against the former Real Madrid forward.
When the Oregon sportswear giants were contacted for a statement, Nike said "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation."
EA Sports, another brand that Ronaldo has featured as their cover art for the FIFA series, voiced similar comments like Nike. "We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo," an EA spokesperson said in an email to Reuters."We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA's values," the company said.
To make matters worse, the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the national team's upcoming international matches in the wake of this controversy. This means Cristiano Ronaldo, who hasn't featured for the national team since the World Cup, will now extend his hiatus by missing the UEFA Nations League match against Poland on Oct. 11 and a friendly match against Scotland three days later.