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Amid rape case, Ronaldo asks for space to celebrate goal

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Udinese and Juventus at the Dacia Arena Stadium, in Udine, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)UDINE, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo asked his Juventus teammates to leave him alone.For all that he’s embroiled in — accused of rape nine years ago — the soccer superstar wanted some space so he could celebrate his goal on Saturday all by himself in front of a TV camera.ADVERTISEMENT Available again for Juventus on Saturday, Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores Aveiro, sent her son a message on Instagram: “Good luck son and for your team because together we are stronger.”37′ | RADDOPPIO BIANCONERO! ⚽️⚽️ RONALDOOOOOOOOO! 🔥🔥#UdineseJuve 0-2#ForzaJuve 🏳️🏴 pic.twitter.com/pZNzko65rb— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) October 6, 2018Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, while in Spain, spoke in defense of Ronaldo, appealing to the presumption of innocence, as well as Ronaldo’s successful career.“People need to understand … (the) presumption of innocence,” Costa said. “It is not enough for someone to be accused of something to be guilty of it.“If there’s something we have proof of is that he is an extraordinary professional, an extraordinary sportsman, an extraordinary footballer, and someone who has honored and given prestige to Portugal, and certainly what we all wish for is that nothing can ever stain that record of Ronaldo.”Some Juventus fans at the match also expressed support for Ronaldo.On Thursday, Juventus sent a statement of support and called him a “great champion.” But his sponsors Nike and video game maker EA Sports have expressed concern about the allegation.Since the allegation surfaced, Juventus’ share price has fallen by nearly 20 percent.Neither Ronaldo nor Juventus have addressed the allegation by Mayorga that she received a payoff of $375,000 in 2010 after being put under pressure by the player’s “fixers” to keep quiet about an incident in a penthouse hotel suite. Comeback for the ages: No. 17 Miami stuns FSU, 28-27 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He leaped into the air with an emphatic double fist pump, as he’s often marked his goals, and then let his teammates congratulate him.Juventus coach Max Allegri on #Ronaldo: ‘He trains, he plays and he scores goals _ that’s the most important thing.’ #UdineseJuve pic.twitter.com/b8vhn8muJnFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss— Andrew Dampf (AP) (@asdampf) October 6, 2018Ronaldo’s powerful, angled goal, the second of the match and his fourth of the season, was met by applause and boos in the Italian league game at the home of Udinese. Ronaldo and Juventus finished 2-0 winners. 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Police have re-opened an investigation. Ronaldo has denied the accusation.Ronaldo was not available for questions after the match, and Allegri wouldn’t speculate what has been going through Ronaldo’s mind away from the soccer field.“Off the pitch, I don’t know, because I don’t live with him at home,” Allegri said. “I see him on the pitch and he’s serene. He trains, he plays and he scores goals — that’s the most important thing.”Ronaldo played last for Juventus last weekend in Serie A, but midweek he missed a Champions League game because of an automatic suspension from a red card and was left out of Portugal’s squad for upcoming international matches.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img

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