I enjoy football, I enjoy life – Ronaldo

October 22, 2018

Ronaldo keeps the ball under close control at Continassa training centre in Turin

Ronaldo keeps the ball under close control at Continassa training centre in Turin

 

Ronaldo, 33, completes a sprint as a Juventus coach keeps close watch during the session

Ronaldo, 33, completes a sprint as a Juventus coach keeps close watch during the session

 

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he is a happy man as he faced the press on Monday night for the first time since allegations of sexual assault surfaced last month.

The former United star was accused of rape by American model Kathryn Mayorga, who claims the incident happened in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and that she was paid £288,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

He has previously vehemently denied the allegations put against him and has dismissed it as ‘fake news’.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced the press on his return to Old Trafford with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo faced the press on his return to Old Trafford with Juventus

 

The 33-year-old takes a sip from a glass of water as he responds to questions

The 33-year-old takes a sip from a glass of water as he responds to questions

 

But now he has addressed them directly, insisting he is not going to lie and that he and his lawyers are confident.

He said: ‘I’m a happy man. We did the statement two weeks ago.

‘Of course I’m not going to lie on this situation. My lawyers are confident and of course I am too.

‘The most important thing is that I enjoy football and enjoy life. I have people who take care of my life.

Ronaldo and his team-mates take in the scene at Old Trafford on Monday evening

Ronaldo and his team-mates take in the scene at Old Trafford on Monday evening

 

Ronaldo will face Manchester United for the first time in five years on Tuesday night

Ronaldo will face Manchester United for the first time in five years on Tuesday night

 

Ronaldo became an Old Trafford legend during his six years at United between 2003 and 2009

Ronaldo became an Old Trafford legend during his six years at United between 2003 and 2009

 

‘The truth always come in the first position. I am good.’

The 33-year-old added that off-field issues do not affect him: ‘I know I am an example, 100 per cent, in the pitch and outside the pitch.

‘I always smile. I’m blessed. I play at a fantastic club, I have a fantastic family, I’m healthy. I have everything.

‘The rest does not affect on me.’

Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates were granted a police escort as they arrived in Manchester on Monday night.

The Juve players were dressed in black as they took a stroll around the Old Trafford pitch ahead of the press-conference and a training session later in the evening.

Earlier on Monday, Jose Mourinho referred to Ronaldo as one of football’s all-time greats.

”Cristiano is one of the best players of all time,’ Mourinho said. ‘And nobody can tell different than that, he’s one of the best players of all time.’

Ronaldo and Juventus trained in Turin before flying to Manchester in the afternoon.

The 33-year-old has scored five goals in 10 games so far for Juventus since his £100m move from Real Madrid.

He was sent off in their first Champions League group match against Valencia and served a one-match ban, missing the victory over Swiss side Young Boys.

Ronaldo returns to the fold in Europe’s elite club competition with Juventus first in Group H, having won both their games so far.

Jose Mourinho earlier described Ronaldo as one of the best players in football history  

Jose Mourinho earlier described Ronaldo as one of the best players in football history

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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