Ballon d’Or: Will Rape Charges Ruin Ronaldo's Chances?

Former Real Madrid and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo's qust to clinch another Ballon d’Or for the sixth time faces a stern teats from former counterpart and FIFA best player of the year award winner Luka Modric.

The Juventus forward, currently facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies. 

American model Kathryn Mayorga claims the £100million Juventus star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room when she was 25 and working in Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort.

Mayorga, who is now 34, alleges that Ronaldo agreed to pay her £287,000 to stop her pursuing criminal charges – which could have seen him jailed for life – and gagged her from going public.
Ronaldo and the Alleged Rape Victim 

But her lawyers are now trying to overturn that alleged settlement. Court documents lodged by her lawyers state Mayorga refused Ronaldo’s advances whilst screaming: “No, no, no”. 

Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City’s Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 10 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award announced yesterday.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real’s triumph in the final of the Champions League soccer against Liverpool, joins his club team-mate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year’s best player.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals. The winner of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain.

Two goalkeepers are also among the first 10 – Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid and Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker.

Liverpool’s Brazilian Roberto Firmino is also nominated and Uruguay’s rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod. For the first time, a Ballon d’Or for women players will be awarded this year. – AFP/Online Sources

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