Cristiano Ronaldo is going through a bitter-sweet phase in his life – the brighter side roots from his good form for new club Juventus, whereas the darker side comes from the on-going rape allegations he is facing by Kathryn Mayorga. Supporting him in the matter, Ronaldo’s ex-girlfriend Nereida Gallardo revealed in an interview that he was a warm and loving guy contrary to what reports after the allegations suggested.
The footballer was accused of rape by an American woman, Kathryn Mayorga alleged that he raped her, threatened her and bought her silence by paying her money 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.
Earlier last week, Ronaldo spoke on the rape allegations for the first time in a press conference ahead of the champions league clash against his former team Manchester United.
“I know I am an example. I know, 100%. On the pitch and outside the pitch. So I am always smiling, I am a happy man, I’m blessed that I play in a fantastic club. I have a fantastic family, I have four kids, I am healthy. I have everything. So the rest, it doesn’t interfere with me. I’m very, very well”, he said.
Ronaldo maintained that he stands with the truth and he is a happy man: “You didn’t listen to what I say. I am a happy man. My lawyers, they are confident and of course, I am, too. The most important is I enjoy football, I enjoy my life. The rest, I have people who take care of my life. Of course, the truth is always coming in the first position. So, I’m good.”
The Juventus star’s ex-girlfriend Nereida Gallardo said in an interview with the mirror that the footballer was always a gentleman.
“He was a courteous guy – warm and loving. He was always a gentleman with me. Cristiano treated me well while I was with him. He was never ever aggressive towards me – not even near. I can’t see him forcing or holding down someone. He is not an aggressive guy in bed”, Gallardo said.
“I’ve had partners who have been verbally aggressive or who liked to grab me hard, and he isn’t like that. So far I haven’t been contacted. But if I am, I would be willing to go and give evidence in his favour”, she added.
These claims by his ex-girlfriend will regardless hold no relevance in the hearing of the allegations, where the case will be put to a conclusion.