Juventus superstar and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo's mother has broken her silence on the allegations of rape that have been levelled against her son.
The former Manchester United winger came under a cloud of controversy when German publication Der Spiegel published a report claiming the 34-year-old sexually abused American woman, Kathryn Mayorga, in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009.
Ronaldo, who vehemently denied the claims, is said to have paid the alleged rape victim a $375 000 (R5.4 million) out-of-court settlement for her silence on the matter in a bid for her not "to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour", according to Ronaldo's representatives.
The Portuguese superstar's mom, Dolores Aveiro, has now weighed in in support of her son, claiming that he did not commit the sexual offence and denying the alleged victim's version of events, which states that she went to the former Sporting Lisbon star's hotel room to play cards on the night.
"I know the son I have," she was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
"I have confidence in my son when it comes to what happened. When she went there, it wasn't to play cards. It was to do something."
Ronaldo, who is currently the top goalscorer in Serie A with 17 strikes in 22 games thus far this season, has maintained his innocence throughout, with his representatives having previously threatened to take legal action against Der Spiegel.
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