According to the Wall Street Journal, Police in Las Vegas have issued a warrant for DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo to assist their investigation into alleged rape.

Ronaldo was accused of raping a Las Vegas hostess in the city in 2009.

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She reported the assault to police the day after but did not pursue the case, and says she was paid $375,000 to keep quiet about the night.

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.

They reportedly contacted police in Italy, where the world’s highest paid footballer lives, playing for Juventus following a $92 million transfer from Real Madrid this summer.

The authorities in Nevada are believed to have found DNA belonging to someone other than Miss Mayorga on the dress she was wearing nine years ago.

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Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter Christiansen, said in a statement issued to The Telegraph: “Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.”

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