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Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal's team for a pair of upcoming matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo, shown here at this year's World Cup, won't be playing for Portugal in the immediate future.

Ronaldo was accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who claimed the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009.

In a tweet issued on Wednesday, he wrote: "I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me".

And after discussions between the player and Portugal coaching staff it has been decided that the 33-year-old will sit out the Nations League match against Poland on October 11 and the friendly against Scotland on October 14.

With superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi always being compared to one another, an global footballer has explained why he prefers the Portuguese to the Argentine.

Her lawyer, Leslie Stovall, said yesterday: "She has decided not to make herself available to the media and stay out of the public because of her emotional state".

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Ronaldo released a statement on Wednesday denying the charges, which allege that the Juventus star raped Mayorga while she repeatedly screamed no, according to a lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, last week.

"My clear conscience will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations", he said in a second Twitter post.

She added: "This will be a minute-by-minute process based on Ronaldo's responses and ultimately the facts", she added.

In a lengthy interview with DER SPIEGEL, Mayorga outlined the violence she said Ronaldo committed against her. Ronaldo made the third big transfer of this career in July, leaving Real Madrid after nine years for Juventus, a move that cost the Italian club 112 million euros (then $132 million).

Mayorga sued Ronaldo last week in civil court, seeking to void a confidentiality and payoff settlement agreement and claim additional damages.

A lawsuit has been filed by Ms Mayorga against Ronaldo, and police in Las Vegas have reopened their investigation. Juventus' defence of the player has prompted a heated response from many people on social media, most of whom are criticizing the club for its unquestioning support of the player despite the allegations.

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