Cristiano Ronaldo. Source: Twitter

Der Spiegel, the German magazine that was first to report a rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo says it stands by its journalism.

Der Spiegel has defended their work after the player’s lawyer questioned the authenticity of key documents used in its article.

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The German weekly magazine says it has “hundreds of documents” that substantiate its report and that there is no reason to believe they are not authentic.

Ronaldo’s lawyers issued a statement on Wednesday calling the documents cited in the report “complete fabrications”.

Der Spiegel magazine said in a statement “we have no reason to believe that those documents are not authentic”, adding “we have meticulously fact-checked our information and had it legally reviewed”.

Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit late last month in Nevada saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have also re-opened an investigation into the allegation which Ronaldo has firmly denied.