Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has denied rape allegations levelled against him in Der Spiegel, describing the news as “fake news”.

The Juventus player appeared in an Instagram video on Sunday in which he addressed accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga in the German magazine.

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Mayorga had told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The magazine reported that the two reached an out-of-court agreement which involved her remaining silent on the alleged rape and him paying her $375,000 (£275,000).

In his Instagram Live video, Ronaldo answered a question from a fan and said: “No, no, no, no, no – what they said today [is] fake, fake news.

“They wanna promote by my name, it’s normal.

“They wanna be famous to say my name, yeah, but it’s part of the job.

“I’m a happy man and all good.”