The Associated PressCristiano Ronaldo’s image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor. The stock price for his Juventus team dropped 10 percent on Friday.
A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway public opinion in his favor have not succeeded.
Sponsors are expressing concern about the case despite a denial from Ronaldo, who has not addressed why Kathryn Mayorga’s legal team said a $375,000 settlement was reached in 2010 over the alleged assault by the soccer star in Las Vegas. A week ago, the new edition of the FIFA video game franchise was released with Ronaldo as a cover star.
While EA Sports has not suspended the sponsorship, it has been distancing itself from the face of its game in recent days.