- Cristiano Ronaldo trusted travel agent with PIN and credit card code and was heavily scammed
- Reports say Maria Silva, 53, stole almost £ 250,000 from the Manchester United striker, 36.
- She was, however, given a four-year suspended prison sentence for confessing to the crime.
Several news outlets are reporting that Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo was scammed for £ 250,000 by a female travel agent after trusting him with his credit card PIN, SunSport reports.
The culprit is 53-year-old Maria Silva as further reports claim she also scammed player Jorge Mendes’ agent over £ 14,000 as well as over £ 1,500 from former Man Utd winger Nani .
Maria Silva’s offense earned her a suspended four-year prison sentence in a Porto court, according to famous Portuguese media outlet Jornal de Noticias.
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The newspaper concluded that Cristiano Ronaldo was initially billed to attend his trial, but the attacker was spared after making a full confession.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner made a statement to police after traveling to Porto by private jet to meet his lawyer Carlos Osorio de Castro.
The newspaper said the € 288,000 she had ripped him off – £ 245,770 – corresponded to around 200 trips he had never made between Portugal and other European countries as well as Europe, l ‘Africa and the United States.
According to the player’s former teammate in the Portuguese national team Simao Sabrosa, Ronaldo was among the victims that Maria transferred their money to his private account instead of a corporate account as part of his fraud.
The statement added via Mirror:
“Subsequently, the travel agent had to plug the hole in the company’s accounts.
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“So she started billing Cristiano Ronaldo, who had an account with Geostar and for practical reasons, gave the agent a virtual credit card and a PIN code for these trips.”
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During this time, Legit.ng reported earlier that Cristiano Ronaldo had made headlines again after scoring his fourth goal in three games for Man United as they beat West Ham at London Stadium by 2-1 in an entertaining Premier game League.
Said Benrahma took a strong deflection from Raphael Varane to send De Gea in the wrong direction. 1-0, it was within half an hour.
Five minutes later, the star United man equalized as his initial shot was knocked down by Lukasz Fabianski as Ronaldo easily touched on his second attempt to bring the score to 1-1 before Jesse Lingard sealed the victory at the end of the match.