Rape Allegations: Ronaldo's Defense Team Develops a Strategy

Rape Allegations: Ronaldo's Defense Team Develops a Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2018

It took two weeks, but the legal team seeking to defend Cristiano Ronaldo against rape allegations levelled by Kathryn Mayorga has now settled on a defense strategy. They are seeking to cast doubt on information published by DER SPIEGEL. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Her Name Is Kathryn: The Woman Who Accuses Ronaldo of Rape

Her Name Is Kathryn: The Woman Who Accuses Ronaldo of Rape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2018

An American woman claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas. Years ago, the soccer star paid her to remain silent. Now, the woman is going public for the first time and filing a complaint against Ronaldo. She possesses a document that could be extremely dangerous for him. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident: 'I'm Sorry. I Don't Usually Cry'

Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident: 'I'm Sorry. I Don't Usually Cry'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2018

A terrible accident two months ago left Olympic sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel, 27, paralyzed. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, she speaks for the first time about what happened and the pointlessness of the question: "Why me?" Interview Conduct By Antje Windmann more...

PEDs Scandal: Romanian Doping Lab Covered Up Positive Tests

PEDs Scandal: Romanian Doping Lab Covered Up Positive Tests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2018

A sports doping laboratory in Romania has been suspended for months. An internal report from the World Anti-Doping Agency indicates the penalty came in response to intentional manipulation by an "external entity." By Rafael Buschmann, Thilo Neumann and Christoph Winterbach more... Comment ]


Dark Side of the Dream: Why Arsenal Star Per Mertesacker Is Happy to Leave Football

Dark Side of the Dream: Why Arsenal Star Per Mertesacker Is Happy to Leave Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2018

After 15 years as a professional football player, Arsenal player Per Mertesacker is hanging up his boots. Plagued by injuries and stressed by the game, he argues that it's time for people to understand its human cost. By Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Leo's Secret Society: The Shady World of Messi's Charitable Foundation

Leo's Secret Society: The Shady World of Messi's Charitable Foundation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2018

Documents from the Football Leaks whistleblowing platform have raised serious questions about Lionel Messi's charitable foundations -- from annual reports filed years after the fact to the granting of possibly illegal tax exemptions to donors. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2018

Why is FC Barcelona paying superstar striker Lionel Messi over 100 million euros a year? Confidential documents contain evidence of more tax trouble, a questionable loan and the negotiating tricks employed by Messi's father. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2018

No football player in the world earns more: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona makes in excess of 100 million euros in a single season. His salary is the subject of documents provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

Facing what could have been a new round of troubles with fiscal authorities, football player Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in back taxes at the end of 2016. Documents supplied by Football Leaks show that FC Barcelona ultimately jumped in to cover the superstar's tax debt. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Tennis Pro Alexander Zverev: 'We Are Supposed to Be Robots'

Tennis Pro Alexander Zverev: 'We Are Supposed to Be Robots'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Alexander Zverev, 20, is Germany's best male tennis player and has made it to the top 16 at Wimbledon this week, his best Grand Slam performance ever. SPIEGEL spoke with him about breaking rackets, lifting weights and the pitfalls of social media. Interview Conducted by Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]