Porto de Portugal star Ricardo Porto was involved in a match-fixing case involving a Brazilian club when he was a teenager, and it was the subject of an upcoming documentary on Sky Sports.
The Portuguese player, who has since left his country to join the US side, has revealed how he got involved in match-rigging and was caught up in a conspiracy by the Brazilian club’s coach.
Porto, 20, revealed to Sky Sports News that he was involved with the match-fraud ring for a Brazilian football club that was also known as Porto and had ties to a rival club in the city of Porto.
“I went to Porto in the summer and it started with a little match and I saw that a friend of mine was going to Portomos,” Porto told Sky Sports in the exclusive interview.
“And I knew that he’d come from Porto so I went there and got him in contact with the team’s coach who then gave me the team name.”
But then they also gave me a team name, ‘Porto near Me’, which is also the name of the town.
“Porto said that the club’s owner was a “gentleman with a big reputation” and that they worked on a “very nice agreement”.”
The team’s manager was really nice to me and I didn’t have to be paid anything.
I just had to agree to the terms.
But we were happy with the deal.
We were happy that the contract was good, because we wanted to make sure we were making the right money.
“We worked very hard, because it was a really, really nice agreement.
It was really good.
And it paid off.”
The former Porto forward said that he did not believe that Porto or Porto Santos were involved in the match fixing.
“The club’s manager, who was really, very nice, was really friendly, and he had good relations with Porto’s fans,” Portos said.
“I never knew that Portomoes coach had any links with the club or anything like that.”
He was a gentleman with a really big reputation.
We’re all very grateful to him.
“In the documentary, Porto said he was “quite sure” that Portos team had already been sold and that he didn’t think there was anything else to do.”
That’s the most important thing.
You don’t want to get in a situation where the facts are different, because if they are, then we can’t make the right decisions.”