Footballer ace Cristiano Ronaldo was left out from Portugal’s squad on Thursday, ahead of the fixture against Scotland as he battles rape allegations.

Head coach Fernando Santos avoided Ronaldo from the squad, who is subject to media scrutiny at the moment.

The Juventus striker 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 and the case is on-going with the final decision pertaining to the case is pending.