Sponsors worried about Ronaldo rape allegation

US sportswear giant Nike are among the sponsors to break silence over Portugal and Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo who has been embroiled in a rape allegation leveled against him

Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who claims the Juventus superstar assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. The player has firmly denied the accusation.

In an email to The Associated Press, Nike said: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The sportswear company has had a contract with Cr7, one of the wealthiest and most famous footballers in the world, since 2003.

One of the wealthiest and most gifted players of all time, Ronaldo wears Nike boots and appears in its advertising. The Portugal captain is also the face of the EA Sports “Fifa” video game franchise, appearing on the cover of the 2019 game that was released worldwide last week.

“We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo,” EA Sports said. “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.”

Ronaldo, who has been left out of the Portugal squad for games against Poland and Scotland, has been backed by Juventus, who posted tweets on Thursday supporting their £105m signing.

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