- Porto finished second behind Sporting Lisbon in last season’s Primera Liga
- There are outrageous reports that Porto have now hired a witchdoctor to help them clinch the league
- The practitioner is reportedly on a hefty wage at a time when the club is struggling financially
Portuguese outfit FC Porto have come under criticism after stunning reports suggested they had put a witch doctor on their payroll.
Four years ago, Porto’s rivals were also on the spot over similar allegations of hiring a witch doctor to help them win the league title.
The witch doctor in question has been identified as Madalena Aroso whom, according to reports by Daily Mail, was hired by the club President Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa as a club employee.
And more astonishingly, the club is reportedly paying the chap a whopping KSh 20 million (£13,000) a month in salary.
If indeed the rumours are true, then it is likely to cause an outrage among Porto fans as it would mean the witch doctor is among the highest-paid staff at the club at a time when they are struggling to keep up with Financial Fair Play.
Aroso has earned a reputation within Portuguese football as being able to predict football matches and was put on the Porto books to help the side secure the Primera Liga this season.
Porto, currently managed by Sergio Conceicao, has played 14 out the 34 league games of the season, and sit top of the pile but only ahead of Sporting Lisbon on goal difference.
Benfica are third, four points behind the two giants.
If you can’t beat them..
In 2017, Porto, through their communications director Francisco J. Marques accused the now Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira of using witchcraft to win the league.
He alleged that Vieira paid one Dr Armando Nhaga KSh 7 million (£65,000) to help the team win the league.
Allegations of witchcraft are not strange in Portugal.
Further back in history, Porto's 1987 European Cup success has always been rumoured to be down to the infamous release of two frogs onto the pitch prior to the game.
Porto slip to Europa League
In the continental competition, FC Porto were unlucky to have slipped to the Europa League after demolition by Atletico Madrid in their final game in Group B.
Diego Simeone’s men knew nothing short of a win would do for his side, who were in the race for a last 16 spot along with AC Milan and Porto.
Source: Sports Brief News