The past year has been really rough for Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese legend has been out of form since the start of this season and had to change clubs midway through the season after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
The former Real Madrid forward also suffered from a personal tragedy after he lost his baby boy he had been expecting with his partner Georgina Rodriguez which surely took a toll on the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner’s on-field performances.
Ronaldo was kept on the bench by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag for several key games earlier in the season which frustrated the player and Cristiano took out this frustration in the interview which led to the termination of his contract with Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.
The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2022
Ronaldo was also subject to a huge scam in 2021 as the 5-time UEFA Champions League winner was duped of an amount in excess of $300,000 by a travel agent which left Ronaldo questioning the high-class security he has for his assets.
How did the travel agent scam Cristiano Ronaldo?
The reported scam took place around September 2021 when Ronaldo was approached by a travel agent who promised him private jets and several luxury trips around the globe with his friends and family in exchange for a good sum of money.
Ronaldo trusting the travel agent, shared his credit card pin with the accused and Cristiano wasn’t the only victim of the scam as his national teammate Nani and agent Jorge Mendes were also duped of some amount by the same scammer.
The modus operandi of the scammer was that she used to get in touch with several high-profile celebrities and offer them luxury trips through the travel agency she worked for. She made the clients transfer the expenses for such trips to her personal account rather than the company’s bank account.
A travel agent scams Cristiano Ronaldo of nearly £250,000.
The 53-year-old, named in Portugal as Maria Silva, also scammed the football star’s super-agent Jorge Mendes out of more than £14,000 and former United winger Nani out of more than £1,500.
— GoldmyneMusic (@goldmynemusic) September 20, 2021
It has been reported that she duped Ronaldo of the amount by showing around 200 trips taken by the player between Portugal and around Europe which were never taken by the star in reality.
The accused was identified as 53-year-old Maria Silva who faced the consequences of her deeds soon after the scam got public as a court in Porto sentenced her to four years in prison in 2021 for her wrongdoings.
Ronaldo would be hoping that his rough time on and off the pitch is over after all as he looks to get back to his best with his new club, Al-Nassr, where he has already shown signs of regaining his previous form.
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