Ronaldo 'working well and scoring goals', says Allegri

Angelo Anderson
October 8, 2018

Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo scored as the Bianconeri opened a nine-point lead in Serie A ahead of second-placed Napoli's game on Sunday. "His professionalism and his composure on and off the pitch are not in question", Allegri said Friday.

It was the Portugal international's first appearance since he "firmly denied" an allegation of rape dating back to 2009 via a statement issued on Wednesday.

"I see him on the pitch and he's serene".

The attorney for a woman who has alleged she was raped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo almost a decade ago said a second woman has contacted him and made the same claims, according to a report.

"From a technical point of view, this was one of our best matches, creating a lot and giving away very little", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

On Friday, shares in Juventus lost nearly 10 percent of their value on the Milan stock exchange, closing down 9.92% at 1.19 euros.

The Las Vegas-based criminal lawyer has already worked with well-known athletes like Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson and Andre Agassi.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", he said on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.

Just two weeks ago, shares in Juventus rose 180% to a record level of over €1.80. But his sponsors Nike and video game maker EA Sports have expressed concern about the allegation. On Friday, they closed down 9.92% at €1.19 on the Milan stock exchange. "If he had stayed at Real Madrid nobody would have said a thing", Juventus supporter Stefano Pianeta said outside the stadium, referring to Ronaldo's recent transfer from Madrid.

Nike has said it is "deeply concerned" by the allegations against one of their marquee athletes whose relationship with the U.S. sportswear giant is rumoured to be worth $1 billion (869 million euros).

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, nevertheless, underlined the club's support on Saturday.

Available again for Juventus on Saturday, Ronaldo's mother, Maria Dolores Aveiro, sent her son a message on Instagram: "Good luck son and for your team because together we are stronger".

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