Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

After rape allegation, Ronaldo greeted with mixed reaction in start for Juventus

After rape allegation, Ronaldo greeted with mixed reaction in start for Juventus

An under-fire Cristiano Ronaldo, following allegations of rape fired for Juventus as the Italian giants cruised to their tenth win in a row in all competitions as they strolled past Udinese 2-0 in the Serie A on Saturday.

Uruguay midfielder Bentancur's goal was his first since joining Juventus at the start of last season while Ronaldo took his tally to four since his move from Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most celebrated footballers in history, has not escaped the jaw of the #MeToo movement.

Ronaldo showed no sign of being under pressure despite the damaging accusations made against him and which threaten his multi-million euro sporting empire.

Just over a week ago, Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in the U.S. saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009.

"From a technical point of view, this was one of our best matches, creating a lot and giving away very little", the Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said. "I see him calm in training".

The victory, Juve's eighth from a possible eight in the league this season, are now nine points clear of second-place Napoli ahead of Carlo Ancelotti's men facing Sassuolo on Sunday.

Despite the accusations, Ronaldo was in the starting 11 for the Serie A match at Udinese on Saturday.

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Some Juventus fans at the match expressed support for Ronaldo.

Amid rape allegations and with growing unease among his sponsors, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared unaffected as he starred for his club Juventus in its latest win. Another headline said "World of Juve shaken" after the club's share price plunged nearly 10 percent on Friday.

"Ronaldo is doing well, he is ready to play".

Ronaldo has hired David Chesnoff, known as the lawyer of the stars, to defend him.

U.S. police on Monday re-opened an investigation into accusations by a former American model that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009.

Ronaldo denied the allegation, first referring to it as "fake news" during an Instagram Live video, and then claiming his innocence again in a pair of tweets he sent Wednesday.

Santos, quoted on the website of Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo, said: "I personally always support my players and here it is not even a question of solidarity, I believe what the player said publicly, he considers (rape) an abject act and clearly reaffirms that he is innocent of what he is being accused of".

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