“I’m not going to lie in this situation,” Ronaldo, 33, said during a press conference in Manchester, England, on Monday before a match. “I’m very happy. My lawyers, they are confident, and, of course, I am, too. The most important is I enjoy the football; I enjoy my life. The rest, I have people who take care of my life.”
Last month, Las Vegas resident Kathryn Mayorga publicly accused Ronaldo of raping her in a hotel room nine years ago when she was 25 years old. Mayorga said she had originally agreed to an out-of-court settlement of $375,000 and signed a non-disclosure agreement.
She recently filed a civil suit to have the nondisclosure agreement thrown out, and Las Vegas police have already re-opened her case.
When asked how he feels about being a role model, Ronaldo said he “100 percent” knows he has to set a good example for young players and kids.
“I know I am an example. I know, 100 percent. On the pitch and outside the pitch,” he said.
“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,” Ronaldo continued. “So the rest, it doesn’t interfere on me.”
“What they said today: Fake, fake news. They want to promote by my name,” Ronald said referring to Mayorga. “It’s normal. They want to be famous. It’s part of the job. I’m a happy man and all good.”