Investigators in 'rape' case seeking Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA

Cristiano Ronaldo during the Italian Serie A football match on 29 December 2018 in Turin

Cristiano Ronaldo during the Italian Serie A football match on 29 December 2018 in Turin

Authorities in Las Vegas have sent a warrant to collect DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Peter S Christiansen downplayed the development, denied the rape allegation and provided no additional details.

Cristiano Ronaldo will have to turn over a sample of his DNA following a warrant from Las Vegas police as they continue to investigate a rape accusation from 2009.

In response to another question on if she gave verbal non-consent, Ronaldo said, "She said no and stop several times".

The official who spoke with the Journal said police sent the warrant to court officials in Italy, where Ronaldo plays for the Italian club Juventus in addition to Portugal's national team.

Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m in the off-season and is considered as one of the most recognised athletes in the world.

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The investigation, which was reopened a year ago, is based on a claim by Kathryn Mayorga that Ronaldo assaulted her in his hotel room.

She alleges the striker then paid her $375,000 to keep it a secret. An attorney for Mayorga and a police spokesperson in Las Vegas also did not respond to requests seeking comment, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This autumn the case was re-opened, in the light of the #MeToo movement, and on Thursday it was reported that police in Las Vegas had requested a sample of the Portuguese footballer's DNA.

Central to Der Spiegel's account is a questionnaire in which Ronaldo reportedly admits that Mayorga told him "no" and "stop" multiple times. She says she initially chose not to name the person who committed the alleged assault for fear of retribution. "We have been communicating pretty much on a daily basis for the previous year and half and I have messages and recordings that'll be invaluable to Kathryn and her team in showing his true nature and character how unwell he is".

In a statement, Ronaldo's legal team said Ronaldo had "no specific recollection" of meeting Lennard at any point.

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