Cristiano Ronaldo defends himself against rape accusations

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19

By contrast, Juventus failed to win for the first time this season in all competitions in a 1-1 draw (Ronaldo scoring) with Genoa on Saturday, but United retain Ronaldo's respect. He is the subject of a criminal investigation by Las Vegas police and a separate civil action after the allegation of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, which she says happened in the summer of 2009.

It was the first time Ronaldo formally addressed the allegation since he made a statement via Twitter on October 3, in which he "firmly" denied the accusations and called rape "an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in".

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League Group H clash with Juventus on Tuesday. I think the press conference is going in other directions. The most important thing is that I enjoy football and enjoy life. Of course, the truth is always coming in the first position [eventually].

"This is not really the right time to ask about Real Madrid". He has scored five goals in nine matches for the Italian champion, and two in three matches since being accused of rape.

"I mean, I can remember what it was like when I was here in Manchester and know all about the history". I know, 100%. On the pitch and outside the pitch. On the pitch and outside the pitch. "I'm very, very well".

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"I'm blessed that I play in a fantastic club, I have a fantastic family, I have four kids, I am healthy".

"So the rest, it doesn't interfere on me", he added, before saying with a smile: "I'm very, very well".

When it came to talk about his future at United, which was in jeopardy two weeks ago according to a report, Mourinho was adamant he will remain at Old Trafford, despite suggestions he could head back to Real Madrid for a second spell.

Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard also missed the session at United's training ground but Antonio Valencia, who was not part of the squad at Chelsea, returned.

Ronaldo's only outing against Mourinho's United was in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup, featuring for seven minutes as a substitute in Madrid's 2-1 win.

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