Cristiano Ronaldo

PARIS | Modric wins 1st Ballon d’Or to end Messi and Ronaldo’s reign

PARIS — Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or award for the first time on Monday, ending the 10-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. He was voted player of the tournament. “As a kid we … Continue reading PARIS | Modric wins 1st Ballon d’Or to end Messi and Ronaldo’s reign

BERLIN | Madrid, Bayern back in crisis as Champions League resumes

BERLIN — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich return to the Champions League on Tuesday in crisis mode after the latest setbacks in their domestic leagues. Madrid, the three-time European defending champion, was humiliated 3-0 by Eibar in Spain on Saturday. The first defeat for new coach Santiago Solari renews debate over his team’s ability to … Continue reading BERLIN | Madrid, Bayern back in crisis as Champions League resumes

ROME | NCAA champion Villanova picked to win Big East again

ROME — Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is standing by Cristiano Ronaldo as the soccer superstar faces an accusation of rape in the United States. Agnelli, the son of former Fiat CEO Umberto Agnelli and a member of the Italian car maker’s board, spoke Thursday at a club shareholders meeting in Turin. “When there are problems … Continue reading ROME | NCAA champion Villanova picked to win Big East again

ROME | Juventus president ‘very calm’ over Ronaldo rape accusation

ROME — Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is standing by Cristiano Ronaldo as the soccer superstar faces an accusation of rape in the United States. Agnelli, the son of former Fiat CEO Umberto Agnelli and a member of the Italian car maker’s board, spoke Thursday at a club shareholders meeting in Turin. “When there are problems … Continue reading ROME | Juventus president ‘very calm’ over Ronaldo rape accusation

MILAN | Ronaldo keeps his focus, Juventus struggling to do the same

MILAN — Despite his off-the-field turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoring goals. His teammates, however, let Juventus down. Ronaldo has scored five goals in nine matches, and two in three matches since being accused of rape last month. On Saturday, Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead in the 18th minute at Genoa. Then something odd happened. … Continue reading MILAN | Ronaldo keeps his focus, Juventus struggling to do the same

BERLIN | German magazine stands by its reporting on Ronaldo

BERLIN — The German weekly magazine that first published the rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo says it has “hundreds of documents” that substantiate its report and there is no reason to believe they are not authentic. Ronaldo’s lawyers issued a statement on Wednesday calling the documents cited in the report “complete fabrications.” Der Spiegel magazine … Continue reading BERLIN | German magazine stands by its reporting on Ronaldo

Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

It’s not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal’s national soccer team also has had to cope without the star forward as he takes a break from international duty following his transfer to Juventus and amid a rape allegation against him. Ronaldo hasn’t been called up for the national … Continue reading Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

Sponsor downplays Ronaldo on website; Juventus shares drop

Cristiano Ronaldo’s image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor. The stock price for his Juventus team dropped 10 percent on Friday. A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway … Continue reading Sponsor downplays Ronaldo on website; Juventus shares drop