Ronaldo Scores For Juve Amidst Rape Allegations
The past weeks have been dominated with rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo but the Portuguese star is undeterred as he scored for Juventus in the Italian league on Saturday.
The goal by Ronaldo is coming a week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of raping her nine years ago.
Late in the first half against Udinese in Serie A, Ronaldo found the target with a powerful angled shot into the far corner for a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Immediately after scoring, Ronaldo signaled for his teammates to give him some space so he could go celebrate in front of a TV camera, leaping into the air with an emphatic double fist pump.
The goal, Ronaldo's fourth of the season, was met by a mix of applause and boos.
On Thursday, Juventus sent a statement of support and called him a "great champion."
Since the allegation surfaced, Juventus' share price has fallen by nearly 20 percent.
This week, Ronaldo faced growing heat from sponsors after Nike and video game maker EA Sports expressed concern about the allegations against the soccer superstar.
"We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation," Nike said in a statement to the Associated Press
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