Grupo Pestana expresses confidence in continuing partnership with Ronaldo

Grupo Pestana expresses confidence in continuing partnership with Ronaldo

The hotel group Pestana, associated with Cristiano Ronaldo in investing in several hotels around the world, today expressed "confidence" in how the Pestana-CR7 brand will not be affected by the accusations to the footballer.

José Roquette, head of the strategic development department of the Pestana group, replied "no" to the question asked by the Lusa agency about whether he was concerned about the possible devaluation of the CR7 brand after Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in a case of alleged violation of a woman.

"It is important to say that Cristiano Ronaldo has been an exemplary partner with the Pestana group and will continue to be with certainty," said José Roquette on the sidelines of the presentation in Madrid of Pestana Paza Mayor that will open the doors in early 2018 .

Sporting's Cristiano Ronaldo was confronted earlier this week with the reopening of a Las Vegas police investigation into the United States based on a woman's complaint that he accuses the Portuguese player of sodomizing him without consent June 2009.

"We are in a state of law and, therefore, there is a presumption of innocence until evidence to the contrary, and we are confident that everything will continue with the same dynamism that we have had," concluded José Roquette.

The captain of the Portuguese national, who has 20 days to respond to the U.S. justice system, since the reopening of the case, has denied "strictly" the accusations, saying that rape is "an abominable crime."

Allegations against the 33-year-old Juventus striker have dropped the Italian club's shares by almost 10 percent on the Milan stock exchange on Friday, and two of Ronaldo's top sponsors, Nike and EA Sports, expressed concern.

The Pestana-CR7 Lifestyle Hotels brand has units in Lisbon and Funchal, and others in Madrid, New York, Marrakesh and Paris are scheduled to open.

The hotel in the Spanish capital is expected to open before the end of 2019 with 164 rooms, in an investment of 12 million euros made in equal parts between the Pestana group and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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