TURIN: Two of Cristiano Ronaldo’s main sponsors have said they are concerned about rape allegations dating back to 2009 and which have surfaced from Las Vegas
The Juventus superstar has been left out of European champions Portugal’s national team for the remaining fixtures of the autumn.
Sportswear corporation Nike said: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Nike has worked with Ronaldo since 2003 and in 2016 announced a lifetime deal with him worth which could be worth as much as $1bn, according to Forbes magazine.
Electronic Arts has featured Ronaldo on the cover of its EA Sports’ FIFA series for two years. The company said: “We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. 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.”
The player has said his conscience was clear and that he would await the results of any investigation.
Ronaldo left world and European champions Real Madrid in July to join Italian champions Juventus for €100m.
Juventus issued their own statement, saying: “Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus.
“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”