A criminal investigation is now under way following allegations that ex-Manchester United star Paul Pogba’s armed blackmailers were his brother and childhood friends
This was “protection money” of €1m (£860,000) a year, from the when he first became a footballer aged 16, the enquiry source said.
Paul “tried to withdraw the full amount, but it was not authorised by his bank,” he told police.
Instead, it is claimed that he managed to raise the £85,000, and thought that would be the end of the matter.
The source says that when the gang continued to threaten him, he filed a criminal complaint. Paul allegedly told police that the gang followed him to Manchester and to Turin, after his move to Italian side Juventus this summer.
Mathias Pogba is also a footballer who played for Wrexham, Crewe and Crawley.
He posted a video of himself on social media at the weekend saying he had “explosive revelations” about his brother.
One of them is said to be that Paul paid a witch doctor to cast a spell against Kylian Mbappe, the France striker.
A statement from Pogba’s lawyers, his mother, Yeo, and agent Rafaela Pimenta, said the videos “are no surprise” and were in addition to “threats and extortion attempts”. They denied that there was a video of Paul ordering a witch doctor to cast a spell.
Acts of intimidation were allegedly carried out against him in Manchester in April, and later around Turin.
“He claims to the police that he recognised his brother, Mathias Pogba, among the suspects,” said another source.
It has been claimed that during police interviews that Paul, who is married to Maria Zulay Salaues, 28, said he had stayed close to his childhood friends and helped them out financially.
But in January he is said to have kicked one out of his house in Manchester after discovering he had used his credit card to steal £170,000.