He is one of the best footballers on the planet and has millions of fan following worldwide. Considered as the Greatest player of all time Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has a record five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 26 trophies in his career, including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship.
With fame and money comes trouble and the Juventus star’s career is at stake after a model claimed that she was raped by the former Manchester United and Real Madrid legend in his penthouse at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.
The person who filed the complaint is Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas who has accused the star footballer of doing the criminal act. While the case continues. we look at athletes who have previously been involved in such a crime.
The former World Heavyweight Champion was accused to have raped Desiree Washington, a contestant in the Miss Black America pageant back in 1992. On March 26, the same year Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison along with four years of probation. Despite being 25 years old at the time of the crime, he was assigned to the Indiana Youth Center (now the Plainfield Correctional Facility) in April 1992, and he was released in March 1995 after serving less than three years of his six-year sentence.
Iconic South African bowler Makhaya Ntini, the first black cricketer to play for the Proteas, was named in a sexual assault controversy in 1998. Ntini was booked on the charges of raping a woman from East London that year. Court proceedings failed to prove Ntini guilty, and the South African pacer escaped a harsh prison sentence of 6 years.
The former India Hockey team skipper and star midfielder who had a great career was accused of rape and assault in 2016. The accusation was made by British-Indian hockey player Ashpal Bhogal, who insisted she was Singh’s ex-fiance. The women who is a former Under-19 England player claimed to have been in a relationship with Singh for four years before getting engaged in 2014.
Table tennis player and Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh was accused of allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl, after promising her of marriage. Ghosh who represented India at 2012 and 2016 Olympics was suspended from the game due to which he missed the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
The 24-year-old Arjuna awardee, however, has denied all the charges but now is marries to the girl who accused him of such charge.