Portugal professional footballer who plays as a forward for English Premier club – Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has been scammed.
It was gathered that the sum of £250,000 (about N140 million) was illegally withdrawn from the 36-year-old player’s account by a travel agent identified as Maria Silvia.
News West African understands Silvia has been in the game for a while as she is said to have also scammed Ronaldo’s countryman and former United player, Nani.
The agent allegedly scammed the ex-united winger of over £1,500.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s super-agent Jorge Mendes has also fallen victim of the 53-year-old travel agent. Silvia scammed Mendes of £14,000, Sun Sports reported.
Ronaldo is said to have entrusted Silvia with his credit cards and pin, hence making it easy for her to bill his account of over 200 trips that he never made between Portugal to the US, Africa, and other European countries.
Silvia after she was found guilty of the accusation, got a four-year suspended prison sentence on Sunday. News West African understands this follows her earlier conviction by a Porto criminal court in 2017.
It was also revealed further that Ronaldo was targeted as a victim of Silvia’s scamming spree for three years between February 2007 and July 2010.
Ronaldo according to the publication, had submitted a statement to the police in 2011. The paper read, “The travel agent had to plug the hole in the firm’s accounts. She, therefore, began to bill those trips to Cristiano Ronaldo, who had an account at Geostar and for practical reasons, handed the agent a virtual credit card and pin code. It was a green route to taking money out.”
News WestAfricans understands Silvia currently works as a cleaner.
Her first interrogation on the allegations started in 2013 before she eventually got a sentence on Sunday, September 19, 2021.
As part of her court deal, she had agreed to repay her firm a sum of £7,680 sparing her prison sentence.