Portugese PM Antonio Costa

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has defended Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been embroiled in a rape allegation.

Speaking to television on the Spanish island of Lanzarote on Saturday, Costa made an appeal to the presumption of innocence, as well as Ronaldo’s successful career.

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“People need to understand one and for all that there’s one thing that is presumption of innocence.

“It is not enough for someone to be accused of something to be guilty of it,” Costa said.

“If there’s something we have proof of is that he is an extraordinary professional, an extraordinary sportsman, an extraordinary footballer, and someone who has honored and given prestige to Portugal, and certainly what we all wish for is that nothing can ever stain that record of Ronaldo,” Costa added.

Last week, Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in the US saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have re-opened an investigation.

Ronaldo has denied the accusation.