Former FIFA player and captain of the Portugal national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, has dismissed as "fake news" accusations by an American woman who said that she was sexually abused by the footballer in 2009.
The woman, Kathryn Mayorga, told her story to the German magazine Der Spiegel. The 34-year-old woman said the incident happened in 2009 in Las Vegas where she said she immediately made a report with the police.
But in an Instagram video, Ronaldo said: "They want to promote [themselves] by [using] my name. It's normal."
Indeed, Ronaldo's lawyers say they will sue Der Spiegel magazine, which originally reported the allegations.
The magazine reported that Mayorga reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 payment and agreeing never to go public with the allegations.
In a statement, Ronaldo's lawyer Christian Schertz said: "the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal...." adding that they will be seeking compensation for moral damages.
Ronaldo is a 4-time Balon D'Or winner and is regarded as one of the best ever footballers in history.
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