The global phenomenon that is European football
Football has become one of the most watched sport in the world. It is one of the most watched sports in television in the recent years, with millions of people watching all over the globe. More so during FIFA World cup season, where everyone takes time off their busy schedule just to be updated on games and results, and even stats for those who bet online through sindoqq.
For many, football and the stories around it serve as an inspiration to work hard for their dreams. That’s why when news broke out about the apparent corruption happening on major European football organizations, many were disappointed.
The start of Football Leaks
Most of what many consider as Football leaks revolve around famous players that everyone has grown to love. Rui Pinto, the man behind the leaks and controversies revolving European football, started to disclose the leaks to the public through a website back in March 2016. This was eventually taken down, eventually causing Pinto to pause on the leaks for 6 months.
Football players involved in the controversy
Some of the notable personalities included in the infamous Football leaks include Cristiano Ronaldo, the beloved Portugal football player and five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or for the world’s best player. This has resulted in Ronaldo facing charges for tax fraud in Madrid, resulting in him pleading guilty and being given a sentence of 2-year suspension and a fine of almost 19 million euros.
Another controversy stated in the Football leaks was the transfer of Paul Pogba from the French national team to Manchester United in exchange of 150 million euros in the summer of 2016, and how Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, was able to get 49 million euros from the deal.
Eventual arrest of the main Football leak creator, Rui Pinto
By January 2016, however, Portuguese authorities investigated Football Leaks over claims of extortion and blackmail. After a few years of spearheading the leaks, Rui Pinto was arrested in Hungary last January 16, 2019 over suspicion of extortion, illegal access of sensitive information and violation of secrecy.