Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images

The DNA of Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo matched evidence collected in the rape case against him in America, according to a report from English tabloid The Sun.

Recall that American citizen Kathryn Mayorgaaccused the Portuguese of rape last year, which she claims took place in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009.

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The criminal case, which has since been dropped, was widely publicised, with the 34-year-old superstar protesting his innocence on social media following the accusation.

Among the 100 emails sent between police and criminal prosecutors in America, Las Vegas detective Jeffrey Guyer said that “DNA is back and is a match”, referring to the Juventus star.

The Bianconeri vowed last year to support Ronaldo and discredited the claims, suggesting that he is a professional.

Last month the Portuguese star told British media personality Piers Morgan that he was embarrassed about the allegations and protested his innocence once again.

But the German magazine that was first to report a rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo, Der Spiegel, 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.

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”.