Cristiano Ronaldo and his family are being protected by twins who served as soldiers with an elite special forces unit in Afghanistan.
The brothers were seen with the Manchester United striker as he prepared to travel to Switzerland in September with the rest of the squad for a Champions League tie shortly after they were hired.
And one of the twins was spotted earlier this month at the Madrid birthday bash Cristiano’s pregnant partner Georgina Rodriguez organised for their daughter Alana Martina.
This week the strongmen were named as Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro, two former crack soldiers who served in Afghanistan and went on to become part of a Portuguese police close protection unit tasked with watching over the likes of politicians and judges.
Portuguese celeb magazine Flash said the twins, part of a set of triplets, had been hired by Cristiano after they asked to go on unpaid leave from the PSP police to pursue other interests.
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The third brother, named as Alexandre, is still understood to be working as a police officer.
An insider told local media: “Sergio and Jorge dress elegantly and look very normal.
“They are capable of mixing with the crowd but they are quick to think, see and act at the right moment.”
Ronaldo’s security caught the eye when the twins accompanied him to Manchester Airport for the start of his team’s Champions League campaign against Swiss team Young Boys.
The stylish pair, whose identities had not been made public at the time, helped the forward with his luggage after dropping him off for the flight.
Reports at the time said the Portuguese international and his family would receive round-the-clock protection following his return to Old Trafford.
The brothers were spotted with Ronaldo again after he returned to Manchester Airport following his side’s humbling 4-1 loss to Watford.
The 36-year-old was said to have taken steps to ramp up his security after being warned he was set to become a ‘magnet’ for criminal gangs.
In the past Cristiano has been protected by a former MMA fighter and an ex-elite paratrooper.
Former paratrooper Nuno Marecos helped keep the footballer star safe when he was still at Real Madrid.
At the time his identity became public in June 2018, Nuno was described as the leader of a group of men based in a town near Lisbon who entertained crowds in bullfights during their free time.
The ballsy men form a line facing the bull and risk injury and death by encouraging it to charge them before grabbing hold of the animal and trying to overpower it using their combined strength.
Eight men – known as forcados – use their muscle and intelligence to subdue the bull.
Nuno was described as the leader of his group in the Portuguese town of Chamusca, a 70 mile drive from Lisbon and the first man to face the bull whose job it is to egg the animal on to get it to charge before grabbing hold of its head and holding on to its neck while his team pile in.