The 5-time Balon d’Or winner has confessed that he endured a difficult time last year having had his honour questioned due to the rape allegation leveled against him.
Cristiano Ronaldo says the rape accusations that trailed him for a while was an attack on his honour and led to the worst year of his life.
The Juventus forward was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas more than 10 years ago but earlier this year it was revealed that the former Real Madrid star won’t face criminal charges as the case couldn’t make it to trial.
In an interview granted Portuguese television TVI and monitored by Soccernet.ng, Ronaldo did not specifically talk about the 2009 accusation and did not mention the name of Kathryn Mayorga, the American woman who maintains that she was pressured to sign an agreement by associates if the Portuguese icon to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000.
“2018 was probably my worst year ever, personally speaking. When people question your honour, it hurts, it hurts a lot,” Ronaldo told Portuguese television TVI.
The 34-year-old admitted that he was not “comfortable speaking” about the rape allegations, “but when people attack your honour, it is difficult.”
He said he was thankful and proud that “once again” his innocence was proven.