USA World Cup winner, Alex Morgan does not think that meeting Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo at the FIFA Best Awards later this month will be awkward despite her criticism of the striker over the alleged rape allegations against him.
Morgan had tweeted a critical article about Ronaldo following the news that he would not face any criminal charges over the alleged rape in 2009, with the article headlined, ‘Ronaldo Is an Icon of Corruption in Sports’ along with her caption which said “Now this is great journalism.”
With the duo set to come face-to-face on September 23rd in Milan when they challenge for ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Player’ and ‘The Best FIFA Men’s Player’, respectively, Morgan does not believe that there will be any awkwardness.
“I don’t anticipate approaching him any differently than I would approach anyone else who I meet. I do think that a lot of times in today’s climate women have spoken up, and it’s important to support those women. And I think a lot of people right now are questioning who is right and who is wrong,” she said to Sports Illustrated.
“When you look at [Ronaldo’s] story in particular, I think there’s too much evidence to cover up, and I think at the end of the day money helps put stories down.”
“The [criminal] charges were dropped, so he can and does continue playing. And he’s not the only person that this is happening to, but he is one of if not the most famous footballer in the world right now, so obviously he’s garnering attention on this.”
It will be interesting to see how Ronaldo reacts when he does come across Morgan on the 23rd and what conversation they have, if they do talk.