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7 Famous Footballers Who Have Been Accused of rape & Sexual Assualts

Mendy has been described as a predator who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game”. He presently still faces seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.

However, this is not the first time a  famous footballer has been accused of rape & sexual assaults. In fact it is saddening this abomination is becoming a culture among rich and famous footballers. Here is a list of 7 famous footballers who have been accused of rape & sexual assaults.

 

Before delving into the list, it is imperative to note that we do not standby any individuals on the list, as we don’t know if they are guilty or innocent until it either is proven in a court of law. Also, Rape is an evil act that should not be condoned in our society.

 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo Sexual Assault

Manchester United Star Player, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the famous footballers who have been accused of rape and sexual assaults. In 2010, American woman, Kathryn Mayorga claimed that the Portuguese star had raped her in Las Vegas years ago, and that he had paid her to remain silent.

The woman decided to go public for the first time and to fill a complaint against Ronaldo. She claimed to possess a document that could be extremely dangerous for him. In 2010, Ronaldo’s lawyers and a mediator sat together with the young American woman to seek an out-of-court settlement.

She said in court documents she met the Portuguese footballer at a nightclub in 2009 and went with him and other people to his suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where he allegedly assaulted her in a bedroom.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, has repeatedly denied Mayorga’s accusation that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel, maintaining that the sex was consensual.

2. Neymer Jr.

In 2019, Brazilian soccer player, Neymer Jr. was charged in June 2019 for sexually assaulting a woman in a Paris hotel.

The complainant said she flew from Brazil to France with the intention of meeting the international star after exchanging messages with him on Instagram. According to the reports, the woman said Neymar met her at a hotel and was “drunk” and “aggressive” before forcibly having sex with her without consent.

Neymar however  denied the accusation that he raped the woman in Paris. To clear his “unjust accusations”, Neymar posted a video clarifying “nothing really happened.

”In an effort to defend himself, Neymar published a series of sexually explicit messages he exchanged with Trindade on social media, including seminude images of his accuser; his team has suggested any sexual contact between the two was consensual.

 

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3. Karim Benzema

Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema is one famous footballers who have been accused of rape and sexual assaults.

He alongside Frank Ribery were acquitted by a Paris court on charges of having sex with an underage sex worker in 2014. The two football stars denied the assault: knowingly paying for sex with Zahia Dehar when she was under 18.

Ribéry, 30, has admitted to having sex with Dehar, but claimed he did not pay and that he did not know she was a sex worker  or a minor. Benzema, 26, denied all the allegations. Neither Ribéry nor Benzema, who play for France’s national team, were present at the trial. They faced up to three years in prison if convicted.

The French judge ruled that there was not enough proof that Ribéry, the winger of ACF Fiorentina, and Benzema, the Real Madrid forward, were aware that the escort-girl Zahia Dehar was a minor at the time of the incidents.

4. David De Gea

Manchester United Goal Keeper, David De Gea joins the list of the famous footballers, who have been accused of rape.

He was mentioned in a alleged sexual assault inquiry by a protected witness who claims he helped arrange a meeting between two Spain under-21 players, her, and another woman in a Madrid hotel in 2012.

The witness, who was under police protection, alleged in evidence published by Eldiario.es that she was threatened and coerced into having sexual intercourse with Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain and another under-21 football player whose identity she could not establish in 2012.

“They were threatened to be silent about what happened in the hotel room after the sexual session.

The encounter was not compensated for TP3 or the other women”, according to the police investigation. De Gea, on the other hand, disputed all of the charges, saying, “I deny it, and that’s it. It’s a fabrication, a fabrication.”

5. Benjamin Mendy

Recently acuiqnted Manchester City Player, Benjamin Mendy is no doubt one of the famous footballers who have been accused of rape and sexual assaults. The 27 year old player is presently charged with  with seven charges of rape involving four women, one allegation of sexual assault.

The Prosecutors have alleged Mr Mendy was a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game”. Mr Matturie, the footballer’s friend and fixer, is alleged to have had the job of finding young women for sex. Mendy denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault relating to seven young women. Both men said if any sex did take place with women or girls it was consensual.

6. Mason Greenwood

Another Manchester United Player, Mason GreenWood  is one of the famous footballers who have been accused of rape.

The 20 year old player was accused of sexual assault  and domestic abuse by a woman, who claimed to he is girlfriend on social media. He was detained after Greater Manchester Police “became aware of online social media photographs and videos made by a lady reporting incidents of physical assault”.

Greenwood who has now been released on bail pending further investigation, debuted for Manchester United in March 2019, signed a four-year contract in February of 2021 after progressing through the youth levels. Manchester United however stated that the accused will not be able to practise or play until further notice.

7. Adam Johnson

In 2016, the former Middlesbrough, Manchester City, and Sunderland player was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old fan. Adam Johnson, a Sunderland footballer, was sentenced to six years in prison for grooming and sexual behaviour. Johnson who played for 12 times for England international, was freed from prison halfway through his sentence.