Cristiano Ronaldo has declared himself a “happy man” ahead of facing former club Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo insists that he is confident that he will be cleared of the allegation of rape hanging over his head and will not be distracted by same when he steps out on the pitch for action.  

The 33-year-old is being sued by a woman in the United States, who claims he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Ronaldo firmly denied the allegation of rape in a Twitter post and did so again on the eve of Tuesday’s eagerly-anticipated Group H clash against former club United in a surprising appearance at the pre-match press conference.

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The 33-year-old remains a fans’ favourite at United after a medal-laden spell between 2003 and 2009, meaning he will not celebrate should he score in the Group H encounter.

“It is a huge, emotional thing for me to come back,” Ronaldo said. “I mean, I can remember what it was like when I was here in Manchester and know all about the history.”

The match also pits Ronaldo against his former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who spoke glowingly about his compatriot ahead on Monday.

“He is one of the best players of all time and nobody can tell different than that,” the United boss said of his fellow Portuguese.

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