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Ronaldo Believes There Is No Doping in World Football Despite Allegations

GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 06:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the international friendly match between Portugal and Ecuador at the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques on February 6, 2013 in Guimaraes, Portugal.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst INovember 9, 2016

Perhaps it is because he has a superhuman physique, or perhaps it is because he is one of the best footballers in the world...but whatever the reasoning was, Cristiano Ronaldo's latest comments pertaining to drug doping certainly go against what is being uncovered around world football, not to mention in his very own league.

During a press conference (via Goal.com) the Portuguese International responded to questions about the recent allegations that doping took place at fellow Spanish side Real Sociedad saying:

It's a very delicate situation, but I don't think there is doping in football.

It's a collective sport and I don't think it's necessary to resort to doping to improve your performances. But I can't swear that no-one has done it.

Is football a clean sport? Yes, 100 per cent. I don't think these types of things exist. 

Earlier this week, it was revealed by news sources including Reuters that team doctors had used money from off the books to purchase performance-enhancing drugs and distribute them to players. Considering the allegations are coming from Jose Luis Astiazaran—a former boss of Sociedad, and current head of the La Liga, they have been treated very seriously.

Sociedad sit in eighth position in La Liga, pushing for a spot in Europe. The club has denied the allegations and is willing to participate in any investigations regarding the matter...whilst the doctor at the centre of the matter has declined to answer any questions.

The potential doping scandal was broken during a week that has not been favourable at all for World Football. This, compounded by the massive-scale match-fixing investigations have not done any favours for the reputation of the world game. 

"The proceedings are being closely watched in Spain and beyond as anti-doping authorities are hopeful it may uncover evidence of illegal drug-taking in other sports."

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