Real Madrid sue over claims club forced Ronaldo to settle in rape case

Real Madrid have taken legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that reported the club forced Cristiano Ronaldo to settle with the woman who accused him of rape. Real said the information published by Correio da Manhã is “categorically false” and was printed in an effort to “seriously damage the image of this club”. Real said they have “absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which…

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Cristiano Ronaldo lawyer acknowledges Kathryn Mayorga agreement

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Las Vegas-based attorney said his soccer star client “vehemently denies all of the allegations” made in a lawsuit filed last month, and he described the encounter in a Las Vegas hotel room in June 2009 as “consensual in nature.” In a lawsuit filed in Clark County (Nev.) District Court last month, Kathryn Mayorga detailed the alleged assault inside a suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Ronaldo issued a statement last week to “firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.” “Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he…

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Ronaldo denies attack accusation, calls rape ‘abominable crime’

Cristiano Ronaldo has categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.” “Keen as I may be to clear my name I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense,” he said. I…

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Keylor Navas admits Real Madrid are missing Ronaldo after shock loss

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas admitted the La Liga giants are missing Cristiano Ronaldo after their goalless run continued on Tuesday. Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, extending their winless and goalless streaks to three matches. Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus in July, having scored at an incredible rate at the club, including 44 times last season. While Navas is keen to move on from the Portuguese superstar, he said his team had a big hole to fill following Ronaldo’s departure. “Cristiano left…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s one-game ban clears him to face Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to face his former club Manchester United in the Champions League next month after being handed a one-match ban by Uefa for his red card against Valencia. The governing body has confirmed the Juventus forward will be suspended for only a single game – against Young Boys in Turin – after its control, ethics and disciplinary board decided not to increase the automatic penalty at a meeting on Thursday. A Uefa statement said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo for one Uefa competition match for which…

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Modric breaks Ronaldo-Messi dominance to win top FIFA award

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize. Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each. At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was…

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Antoine Griezman: I am at the top with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe

Antoine Griezmann has said that although he is a different player to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is “at the top” in football. Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, is targeting the Ballon d’Or after the disappointment of not being nominated for FIFA’s The Best award. “There are different ways to look at football,” he told Diario AS. “It’s obvious that I’m a different player to Cristiano, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. “I’m at the top but I can get better. I want to be the most complete…

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Douglas Costa faces lengthy ban and Juventus fine after red card for spitting

The Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said the winger Douglas Costa will be fined by the club after he was sent off for spitting at a Sassuolo opponent on Sunday, marring a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club. Costa, who faces a lengthy ban, was dismissed for spitting at Federico Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player. “Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen,” Allegri said. “We mustn’t fall for provocation.…

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Cristiano Ronaldo opens account as Juventus edge past Sassuolo

Cristiano Ronaldo opened his long-awaited account for new club Juventus with two goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium. The reigning Player of the Year, who had gone 320 minutes in the black and white colours of the Old Lady without a goal, found himself in the right place at the right time to prod home on the 50th minute mark after the visitors made a mess of clearing their lines from a corner, with the ball rebounding kindly to Ronaldo off the post for the 33-year-old to…

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Marcelo dismisses exit speculation and commits future to Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has insisted his future lies with Real Madrid despite continued reports linking him with a move to Juventus. With Cristiano Ronaldo, formerly of Real and good mates with Marcelo, joining the Serie A club, the Brazilian left-back was expected to follow the same path but he has now poured cold water on such speculation. “It’s an element which is hardly worth discussing. I’m very happy at Real Madrid, it’s my home and I’ve got many years left on my contract,” Marcelo told Real Madrid TV . “I’m very happy…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah nominated for FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year award

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have emerged as the final three nominees for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo and Modric both led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title in May while Salah scored 44 goals in a record breaking debut season for Liverpool. The final three means there’s no place for Lionel Messi whose Barcelona side won LaLiga last term but crashed out in the quarterfinals of the Champions League to Roma who overturned a 4-1 first leg defeat. Croatia…

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Alvaro Morata says he never considered Chelsea exit

Alvaro Morata is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea after admitting he never considered leaving the club after a difficult first season in England. Morata only scored one league goal after the turn of the year as speculation over his Chelsea future intensified amid links with Serie A and LaLiga. The 25-year-old Spain international, who was left out of the country’s World Cup squad, was on target in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal in Premier League action on Saturday. “There was never a thought for me to leave. For me,…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year award

Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the 2017/18 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals. The Portuguese, who has since moved on to Juventus has three wins in total and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011. Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions League winning team, finished…

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Bonucci rejoins Juventus from AC Milan as Higuain moves the other way

Leonardo Bonucci has rejoined Juventus from AC Milan just a year after his dramatic exit from the Italian champions, with the striker Gonzalo Higuaín moving in the opposite direction. AC Milan will pay 18m euros (£16m) for the loan of Higuain and have the option to make the deal permanent in a year by paying a fee of 36m euros (£32.04m). Italy defender Mattia Caldara has left Juve to join AC Milan. Bonucci, 31, and Caldara, 24, is a swap deal with both transfers worth 35m euros (£31.2m). Higuain, 30,…

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Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in €100m deal from Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid. The 33-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal in Turin reportedly worth a staggering £500,000/week. “Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC,” read a statement on the club’s website. The player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece where he is on holiday, on…

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Paris St-Germain complete signing of Buffon from Juventus

Paris St-Germain have signed former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer. Buffon, 40, left Juventus at the end of last season, ending a 17-year stay at a club where he played 656 times. The nine-time Serie A winner has signed a one-year deal with the French champions with the option for a further 12 months. “I know what dreams PSG and its fans have in their hearts,” he said. “I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to…

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Cristiano Ronaldo set for sensational Juventus switch

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the cusp of sealing a sensational move to Juventus from Real Madrid, according to multiple media reports in Portugal, Italy and Spain. The five-time Ballon D’or winner cast doubt on his future at Real in the immediate aftermath of winning the Champions League for the third successive year, and it appears a move to the Italian champions is inching ever closer. According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Ronaldo is set to sign a four-year contract in Turin and a €100m deal is set to be confirmed in…

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Juventus sign Valencia defender Joao Cancelo for £35.5m

Juventus have signed Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo from Valencia for £35.5m on a five-year deal. Cancelo, who plays as a right back but can also play further forward, spent last season on loan at Inter Milan where he scored one goal in 26 Serie A appearances. The 24-year-old was included in Portugal’s 26-man preliminary squad for the ongoing World Cup in Russia but was eventually axed from Fernando Santos’ travelling party. Cancelo will be replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner, the veteran Swiss right back, who left to join Arsenal last month on a…

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Juventus have no interest in Jack Wilshere move after Arsenal exit

Juventus have no interest in signing the Arsenal midfielder on a free transfer when his contract ends this month. The midfielder announced last week he would be seeking a new club after failing to get assurances of adequate playing time under new manager Unai Emery and now it seems one of the top clubs credited with an interest are no longer keen on a move. Wilshere has been linked with a move to the Italian champions for a while but according to reports will have to find a new club…

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Emre Can set for Juventus switch after medical

Emre Can has arrived in Turin ahead of a proposed move to Juventus on a free transfer from Liverpool. The Germany international was photographed upon his arrival at the Juventus Medical Centre where he was mobbed by fans waiting to catch a glimpse of their new signing. The Serie A champions have held a longstanding interest in the 24-year-old and were confident of securing his services despite interest from elsewhere. “We are optimistic about the positive end of negotiations with Emre Can,” club CEO Beppe Morata told Mediaset Premium in May.…

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Serie A rivals in pursuit of Chelsea star

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata have endured a disappointing debut season in Premier League, and it appears he will be leaving the West London club in the summer. Morata’s stature has certainly fallen following his struggles in Antonio Conte’s side this season, and in the latest setback, he failed to make Spain’s squad for World Cup. However, there are still suitors for him in the transfer market, especially in Italy. Juventus’ interest in their former player has been reported for some time. These rumours have gained momentum in last few hours…

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Big names linked with Manchester United. A huge summer coming up?

There is no doubt that the upcoming summer transfer window is going to be a huge one for Manchester United. The Red Devils were not stingy with money last summer either, but they still fell quite short of Manchester City in the title race. Jose Mourinho has failed to win the league title in his first two years with Manchester United, and it is crucial for the Portuguese manager that his side launch a serious title challenge next season. It is obvious that Mourinho needs to sign two-three big names…

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Jose Mourinho plans to raid former club, and more

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning a summer move for Chelsea star Willian, according to the latest report from the Mirror. Mourinho is a fan of the Brazilian from his days at the West London club, and he unsuccessfully tried to sign him last summer. He managed to bring Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford, but his move for Willian was thwarted by the Blues. Chelsea are reportedly looking to sign Anthony Martial from United in the summer, and it has provided Mourinho with an opportunity to involve Willian in a…

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Manchester United plan two midfield signings, top target identified and more

Manchester United have identified Napoli midfielder Jorginho as a possible summer signing, according to the Independent. The Red Devils originally wanted to sign Real Madrid star Tony Kroos, but they have apparently shifted their focus towards Jorginho as he is a more viable option to acquire in the market. United manager Jose Mourinho has been left impressed with Jorgino’s performance for title-chasing Napoli side this season. He believes that the 26-year-old can add much-needed creativity to his side. Since joining the Naples side from Verona in 2014, the Brazilian has…

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Juventus vs Real Madrid – Betting Tips and Predictions

In the repeat of last year’s final, European giants Juventus and Real Madrid will face each other in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Juventus Stadium on Saturday. The Old Lady lost 4-1 to Los Blancos in the final, but they would hope to have a much more say in the two-legged tie. On the domestic front, both sides have experienced contrasting seasons. Juventus have lost just two games all season in Serie A, and they sit at the top of the league. Coming into this game, they…

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