Real Madrid open legal proceedings over Ronaldo claims
The Portuguese star, who left Real this summer for Juventus, is accused of anally raping Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, with the incident occurring just before Ronaldo's move to the Spanish club from Manchester United.
'Correiro da Manha' had claimed that Real told Ronaldo to pay off Mayorga in order for the accusation not to become public, something the club vehemently refute.
A club statement released on Thursday read: "Real Madrid can today announce that the club has taken legal action against the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha for publishing categorically false information in an effort to seriously damage the image of this club.
"Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which it had no knowledge.
"Real Madrid has demanded total rectification of the situation from the aforementioned newspaper."
Ronaldo is believed to have paid Mayorga a one-off fee of $375,000 in order for her to sign a non-disclosure agreement, though she has since gone public, claiming that the NDA should not stand.
The 33-year-old has denied all accusations of rape, insisting that what occurred between the pair was consensual.