A remarkable story surrounding an alleged blackmail attempt against Juventus star Paul Pogba has surfaced in the media on Sunday night.
The news comes courtesy of France Info, who have unveiled a series of fresh details surrounding the case.
For those not aware, drama surrounding French international Pogba’s name first came to the fore a little over 24 hours ago.
This came upon brother Mathias releasing a video on social media, in which he suggested that a series of major revelations regarding all of his sibling, Kylian Mbappé and Rafaela Pimenta were set to be released.
Pogba’s legal team, as a result, unveiled a statement of their own, confirming that the World Cup winner was the subject of an ongoing blackmail attempt.
An official police investigation has therefore been opened, into what is described as potential “attempted blackmail by an organised gang.”
Some of the finer details of the case, and more specifically Pogba’s revelations, in turn, have since begun to come to the fore online.
And, safe to say, they are absolutely head-turning.
As per France Football:
‘Paul Pogba is understood to have said that he was trapped by childhood friends and two hooded men armed with assault rifles during an incident in Paris. A gang that demanded €13m from him, of which his brother Mathias Pogba would be a part.’
The incident in question is alleged to have taken place upon Pogba making use of an international break to visit members of his family this past March.
During his trip to Lagny-sur-Marne, the 29-year-old was then dragged against his will to an apartment in Paris, where a sum of €13 million was demanded by two men, for the ‘service’ of discreetly protecting him for the last 13 years.
The intimidation is then understood to have continued over the months that followed, once in Manchester in April, and then at Juventus’ training centre in July.
Pogba’s brother Mathias is amongst those said to have been recognised by the midfielder in Turin.
After informing the Bianconeri’s lawyers of the ongoing situation, the decision, in turn, was taken to notify the police.
‘During his police interviews, the Juventus player explained to investigators from the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police that he had always been close to his childhood friends and that he had never hesitated to help them financially when they were in the need, until last January, when he kicked a friend out of his house who he was hosting in Manchester. He had done so because he had realised that this individual had used his credit card to steal €200,000 from him.’
Bizarrely, the name of Paris Saint-Germain superstar and Pogba’s international teammate, Kylian Mbappe, too came to the fore during the authorities’ investigation.
This came as Pogba revealed that, in an attempt to discredit him, the individuals involved threatened to spread word that the former Manchester United man had requested for a witch doctor within his family to cast a spell on Mbappe.
Pogba, for his part, has vehemently denied such a suggestion.
Further details of the investigation are expected to surface over the days ahead.