Real Madrid have announced that they will sue Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã over allegations about Cristiano Ronaldo.
An investigation has been re-opened in Nevada into allegations that the Juventus striker raped a woman in 2009, something he denies and for which he has never been charged.
A newspaper in his native Portugal claimed that Los Merengues had known of the allegations and ordered CR7 to pay off his accuser before they signed him for a world record fee that summer.
“Real Madrid C. F. can today announce that the club has taken legal action against the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã for publishing categorically false information in an effort to seriously damage the image of this club,” the Champions League holders said in a statement.
“Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which it had no knowledge.
“Real Madrid has demanded total rectification of the situation from the aforementioned newspaper.”