Portugal international footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied a claim he raped a woman who he then paid £300,000 to keep quiet.
German magazine Der Spiegel yesterday claimed the former Manchester United star was involved in the incident in 2009, and the woman was allegedly paid a settlement sum in 2010.
In a statement from his agent, published in response yesterday, he calls the article a 'piece of journalistic fiction' and describes the claims as 'outrageous and disgusting'.
The allegations reportedly came from a letter written by the woman - who was in her 20s at the time - but Ronaldo denies ever seeing it.
The statement reads: 'The German newspaper Der Spiegel today publishes an extensive report on an
allegation of rape alleged to have been made to Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, ie about 8 years ago.
'It is a piece of journalistic fiction. The alleged victim refuses to be identified and corroborates the story.
'And the whole plot is based on unsigned documents and where the parties are identified by codes, in emails between lawyers who do not concern Cristiano Ronaldo and whose authenticity he does not know, and in a supposed letter that would have been sent by the putative victim, but which he never received.
'The report by Der Spiegel is false and Cristiano Ronaldo will act against this media by all means at his fingertips. The imputation of a violation is a disgusting and outrageous accusation that can not be made clear.'