Cristiano Ronaldo: Portgual star left off squad amid rape claims

The 33-year-old was also missing from the last Portugal squad, with Santos citing the player's summer move to the Italian champions as the reason.

Ronaldo's denial came as lawyers for his accuser said they had obtained damning correspondence between the footballer and his legal team.

On Wednesday, Ronaldo took to Twitter to "firmly deny" Mayorga's accusations, adding that he will not "feed the media spectacle".

The Vegas authorities have reopened the case and are following up on information that has surfaced.

Coach Luis Enrique has recalled Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to the Spain squad for this month's internationals against Wales and England, although forward Diego Costa has been excluded.

Complicating matters, Jacinto Rivera, a spokesman for the department, told AFP Mayorga did not identify Ronaldo by name at the time of her complaint and was "uncooperative".

Ronaldo is being sued by the woman in the United States, who claims he assaulted her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel. Mayorga, however, contends in her lawsuit that both a nurse at the hospital and a Las Vegas police detective discouraged her from filing charges against Ronaldo because of his fame. The night still haunts her, according to her lawyer Leslie Stovall.

The 33-year-old, who captains his nation and has made 154 appearances, is now embroiled in a sexual assault scandal dating back to an incident in Las Vegas in 2009 - though he denies any wrongdoing.

Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said.

Under pressure from Ronaldo's "fixers", Mayorga settled the case "in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault", the lawsuit said.

"She has suffered an emotional, a psychological injury", Stovall said.

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