Club Demands Retraction From Newspaper
Real Madrid have announced that they are to take legal action against a Portugese newspaper over allegations that they forced Cristiano Ronaldo to sign a non-disclosure agreement with an American woman.
In an official statement released on Thursday, the European champions have demanded that the Lisbon-based daily newspaper Correio da Manha retracts the story.
“Real Madrid C. F. can today announce that the club has taken legal action against the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha for publishing categorically false information in an effort to seriously damage the image of this club.
“Real Madrid has 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 it had no knowledge.
“Real Madrid has demanded total rectification of the situation from the aforementioned newspaper.”
Ronaldo is currently facing allegations that he raped an American woman, Kathryn Mayorga, in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.
Ronaldo and Ms Mayorga were reported to have signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 in which the Portugal international allegedly paid the now 34-year-old woman $375,000 in return for her silence on the matter. Real Madrid deny having any part to pay in Ronaldo’s decision.
Ms Mayorga is currently trying to have the non-disclosure agreement overturned.
Ronaldo’s American lawyer, Peter Christiansen, says the Juventus forward “vehemently denies all accusations in this civil action”.