Police in Las Vegas have issued a warrant to obtain Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA after claims he raped a woman in the US city nine years ago, it was confirmed this evening.
Former school teacher Kathryn Mayorga claims that the Juventus raped her at his Las Vegas hotel room in June 2009 and since going public with her case this year, Ronaldo has faced intense scrutiny.
Police said in a statement that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the superstar player. Officer Laura Meltzer, a department spokeswoman, said the request involved a warrant.
Earlier the Wall Street Journal reported that authorities want to check his DNA against that of some found on the dress of Ms Mayorga.
The newspaper claims authorities have sent a warrant to the Italian courts in the hopes of being allowed to carry out the procedure.
It cites a 'law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case' who claims a key piece of evidence in the investigation is the dress. And that some DNA other than Ms Mayorga's was found on it.
Both Ms Mayorga and a Las Vegas police spokesman were contacted by the Washington Post prior to publication.
After Ms Mayorga filed her civil lawsuit in September this year, Las Vegas police confirmed they had reopened their criminal investigation into the alleged sex assault.
Her lawyers have vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if needed.