Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of rape by an American woman, who alleged that he raped her, threatened her and bought her silence in 2009, these claims were published by German magazine Der Spiegel and it was denied and called “blatantly illegal” by the Portuguese international and Juventus football Club striker. Ronaldo and his team of lawyers have now decided to sue the media outlet for making those claims.

German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that Kathryn Mayorga, 34, was raped by one of the biggest football stars in the world in Las Vegas in 2009. Later, Ronaldo paid her $375,000 to keep her quiet and never speak about that night. Her lawyer is now questioning the validity of that out-of-court settlement in a civil complaint in Nevada.

The authenticity of the allegations is yet to be established. However, this is not the first time a footballer was involved in a controversy like this. Here are four other controversies that involved some of the biggest football stars:

Wayne Rooney:  The former Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney faced allegations of infidelities pertaining to claims that he physically engaged with a prostitute while his wife, Coleen was pregnant.

In 2004, The England international publicly spoke of his “regret” of visiting massage parlors and prostitutes as a teenager, claiming that he was young and immature and that those incidents took place before he was married to his now wife, Coleen.

Adam Jhonson: In 2015, the former Sunderland and England international was sentenced for pedophile after he was arrested and charged with sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. the footballer was jailed for six years and was told by the judge that he abused a position of trust causing his victim psychological harm. Johnson is still serving is jail-term.

Ryan Giggs: The Manchester United legend Giggs was involved in one of the most disturbing cases when his family members claimed that he is a sex addict and he was involved with two women extra-marital affair including his sister-in-law.

John Terry: The former England and Chelsea captain admitted that he cheated on his wife Toni Pool for more than 8 to 10 times and a teenage girl also revealed that Terry was involved with her in the car park. Terry also had a fling with compatriot footballer, Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend and she was reportedly pregnant with the former Chelsea man.

All these footballers are some big names in the sport and have played for successful clubs, and their national teams but these are surely memories they would want to forget.