Eighteen years after his first debut for Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo captivated Old Trafford just as he always has with two goals in his second club debut on Saturday in a 4-1 win over Newcastle.
After receiving a hearty home welcome, Ronaldo waited until first-half stoppage time to score his 119th career goal for United—his last goal for the club came against Manchester City on May 10, 2009.
Back in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo was alleged to have raped Kathryn Mayorga, an American woman, during a holiday to Las Vegas in the summer of 2009, just weeks before his move from United to Real Madrid. Ronaldo, 36, vigorously denies Mayorga’s claims. In 2010 she accepted $375,000 (£270,000) as part of an out-of-court non-disclosure settlement.
A plane was flown over Old Trafford ahead of kick-off in Saturday’s Premier League match between the hosts and Newcastle – Ronaldo’s first appearance for United.
A feminist group Level Up organised a plane to fly the banner with the message “Believe Kathryn Mayorga” over the stadium to “remind crowds” of rape allegations against the Portuguese superstar. The feminist campaign group behind the initiative say they wanted to use the historic match to highlight the “culture of silence around abuse from the football community.”