Two bodyguards of Cristiano Ronaldo ‘investigated for providing security without authorization’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s twin bodyguards are under investigation in Portugal for working illegally for the superstar, local reports say.
Brothers Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro, who previously served in an elite special forces unit in Afghanistan, are on unpaid leave from Portuguese police while carrying out private security for the Manchester United striker.
But it is illegal to work in Portugal during their furlough without permission from the Corps, according to Observer.
The pair could even face charges for providing unauthorized personal protection and will face disciplinary proceedings if they return to public security police, reports said.
They were investigated after being seen twice while on leave for Ronaldo in Lisbon.
Security: Cristiano Ronaldo and his family are protected by twin brothers Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro who served in an elite special forces unit in Afghanistan (pictured together in Hale, Greater Manchester)
An insider told the mirror that conducting private security without a police license can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years.
People who hire bodyguards without a license can also be prosecuted in Portugal.
A police spokesman said: “We are not commenting on cases under investigation.”
There is no suggestion that Ronaldo is suspected of any wrongdoing.
The 36-year-old footballer who returned to United in August was guarded by the brothers in September shortly after they were hired as he prepared to fly with the squad to Switzerland for a Champions League game.
One of the twins was also spotted last month at a birthday party hosted by Ronaldo’s pregnant girlfriend Georgia Rodriguez for their daughter Alana Martina, four, in Madrid.
The brothers, who previously served in an elite special forces unit in Afghanistan, are on unpaid leave from Portuguese police (pictured while controlling Ronaldo after United’s defeat to Watford in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final game)
Family: One of the twins (pictured right) was also spotted last month at the birthday party his pregnant girlfriend Georgia Rodriguez hosted for their daughter Alana Martina, four, in Madrid
The Ramalheiro brothers previously worked for a Portuguese police unit protecting judges and politicians.
Portuguese celebrity magazine Flash said the twins, part of triplets, were hired by Cristiano after they asked the police to go on leave to pursue other interests.
The third brother, named Alexandre, still works as a police officer.
An insider told local media: “Sergio and Jorge dress elegantly and look very normal.
“They can mingle with the crowd, but think, see and act quickly at the right time.”
Cristiano’s security team accompanied him to Manchester Airport for the start of his team’s Champions League campaign against Swiss team Young Boys.
Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro are former soldiers who fought in Afghanistan before joining a Portuguese police unit to protect judges and politicians
The stylish couple, whose identities had not been made public at the time, helped the forward with his luggage after dropping him off for the flight.
According to reports, the Portugal international and his family would receive 24-hour protection after his return to Old Trafford.
The star – who recently announced girlfriend Georgina was pregnant with twins – is said to have taken steps to beef up his security after being warned he would become a ‘magnet’ to criminal gangs.
In the past, Cristiano was protected by a former MMA fighter and an ex-elite paratrooper.
Former paratrooper Nuno Marecos helped keep the footballer safe when he played for Spain’s Real Madrid.
When his identity became public in June 2018, Nuno was described as the leader of a group of bullfighters in a town near Lisbon.
Protection: Cristiano’s security team caught the eye as the twins accompanied him to Manchester Airport for the start of his team’s Champions League campaign against Swiss team Young Boys
Nuno was given the task of coaxing and encouraging the bull to attack before grabbing his head and holding his neck as his team competed,
A former MMA fighter named Goncalo Salgado was also pictured watching Cristiano during the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.
The 6ft2ins fighter, who has historically protected star surfers such as Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina, has a seven-fight MMA record with five KOs as a super heavyweight between 2006 and 2011.
The twins who now watch over Cristiano and his family come from Ansiao near the town of Pombal, a two-hour drive north of Lisbon.
To keep him safe: According to reports from the time, the Portugal international and his family would receive 24-hour protection after his return to Old Trafford
The siblings went straight from school into the military and joined the Special Forces Commands.
It comes after Cristiano and girlfriend Georgina announced on Instagram last month that they were expecting twins and that their “hearts were full of love.”
Cristiano, who will welcome his second and third child with Georgina, 27, wrote: ‘Glad to announce that we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you.’
On the sportsman’s post, he and Georgina proudly showed the echoes of their twins, along with an image of his four children swimming together.
The Argentine beauty shared the same images and caption on her own grid.
Georgina shares daughter Alana with Cristiano, and the Manchester United star also has son Cristiano Jnr, 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four.
Congratulations! It comes after Cristiano and girlfriend Georgina announced on Instagram last month that they were expecting twins and had their “hearts full of love” explode.
Announcement: Cristiano, who will be welcoming his second and third children with Georgina, 27, wrote: ‘Glad to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love – we can’t wait to meet you’