Allegations cast shadow on Ballon D’Or

11 October 2018 - 13:12 By Marc Strydom
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands to watch his team take on BSC Young Boys in the Uefa Champions League group game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, on October 2, 2018.
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands to watch his team take on BSC Young Boys in the Uefa Champions League group game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, on October 2, 2018.
Image: REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The rape allegation over Cristiano Ronaldo has cast a shadow over Juventus’s new 33-year-old superstar as the prestigious Ballon D’Or prize-giving approaches in Paris on December 3.

With Juventus star Ronaldo and Lionel Messi level at 5-5 as winners of France Football magazine’s prestigious Ballon D’Or prize for the world’s best player‚ the 2018 award can serve as a tie-breaker.

However with other candidates – Croatia’s World Cup finalist Luka Modric‚ voted Fifa’s best player of 2018; and France’s Russia 2018 winners Kylian Mbappe‚ N’golo Kante and Paul Pogba – in the running‚ Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance could also be broken this year.

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is also a front-runner after his record-breaking season for Liverpool‚ who he helped steer to the 2018 Uefa Champions League final.

Ronaldo‚ who scored 26 goals in 27 games for Real Madrid in 2017-18‚ before his move to Juve in the off-season‚ and four goals for Portugal at Russia 2018‚ is again among the favourites and was named on the 30-man shortlist on Tuesday.

However‚ the rape allegation that surfaced last month from American model Kathryn Mayorga‚ which she alleges occurred at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009‚ and subsequent allegations by other women‚ have raised the question about whether Ronaldo should withdraw from the Ballon D’Or while his name is cleared.

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