Ronaldo's image removed from EA Sports website

Carla Harmon
October 6, 2018

Everyone's seen this year's Ronaldo FIFA image; the footballer sports his new Juventus kit in front of a bright blue background.

But ever since Cristiano Ronaldo's rape case came into light, there have been few who have come out to support the superstar and a lot of them have either been family or close friends.

The club's social media accounts have been criticised for tweets they posted on Thursday.

The player's powerful commercial backers, including Nike, also expressed fears over the controversy.

Ronaldo is a playable player in the flagship EA Sports game, and is featured prominently on menu screens and in other parts in the game.

According to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo is one of only three athletes to have been given a lifetime deal with Nike, joining an elite club that also includes National Basketball Association icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

Video game developer EA Sports issued a similar statement about its Federation Internationale de Football Association cover star: "We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA's values".

Despite Ronaldo, 33, entering the twilight of his career, the Italian club's owners did not think twice about putting pen to paper on the mega-deal to bring one of the world's most marketable athletes to Turin.

Ms Mayorga, 34, has claimed Ronaldo raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Paulo Dybala, who played up front in Ronaldo's absence and scored a hat-trick against Young Boys, could be rested ahead of the global break.

"My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations", he added on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.

Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga had filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.

The claims of have resurfaced with Mayorga's lawyer saying that Ronaldo failed to meet the terms of a $375,000 out of court settlement, which included a non-disclosure clause. On Thursday Nike said it was "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" against the football star.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor missed the two internationals Portugal played in September. While he's been left out of the Portugal national football squad for their upcoming global fixtures, he's been publicly backed by Juventus, to whom he transferred over the summer.

The handsome forward left Real Madrid after winning four Champions League titles - a trophy Juventus has lifted just twice in their history - and becoming their record scorer with 451 goals in 438 games.

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