Why the rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo has stalled

Come to a standstill

On the day that Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals in the Champions League, a report has speculated why the legal case against him has stalled.

It has been six months since a case against Cristiano Ronaldo was reopened.

That case was in relation to the alleged sexual assault of Kathryn Mayorga in 2009, during his time at Manchester United.

The case was then reopened by Police in Las Vegas following a report from Der Spiegel which interviewed Mayorga.

Ronaldo later slammed the report, taking to social media to explain “My clear [conscience] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”

Fast forward to March 2019 and there hasn’t been much said about the investigation’s progress.

Though, ESPN have now speculated why the case has stalled.

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TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

“Running the clock”

In a report published on Tuesday, ESPN suggest that Mayorga’s civil suit against Ronaldo has hit a roadblock.

It is then suggested that Ronaldo and his team could be running down the clock.

Speaking about the Ronaldo social media quote above, their report reads: That last part might be a clue to his legal team’s approach: running the clock. While the criminal investigation slogs on, Mayorga’s civil suit against Ronaldo has stalled as well. That is primarily because Ronaldo has still not officially been served notice of the lawsuit. Serving a lawsuit to someone who lives abroad is a tricky process that requires following rules set forth in international treaties, and Ronaldo has not authorized his American attorney to accept on his behalf. 


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Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Stovall, has so far been unsuccessful serving Ronaldo in Italy.

ESPN even bring in an attorney ‘with experience in international law’ to explain that delaying tactics do exist.

“A rich defendant can wear down a plaintiff with lesser means,” Abed Awad, an ‘attorney and legal commentator with experience in international law’ explained to ESPN.

“It’s a delaying tactic, and it’s a calculated strategy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it backfires.”


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