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 and GMS, was hired by the club President Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa as a club employee.
And more astonishingly, the club is reportedly paying him a whopping KSh 20 million 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.
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.
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.