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.
Security guards Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro – pictured here with Ronaldo – are looking after the Portuguese superstar[/caption]
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.
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.”
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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 onto its neck while his team pile in.
A former MMA fighter called Goncalo Salgado was also pictured keeping watch on the footballer at the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.
The 6ft 2in man mountain, who has protected star surfers like Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina in the past, has an MMA record of seven fights with five KOs as a super heavyweight between 2006 and 2011.
The twins now watching over Cristiano and his family hail from a place called Ansiao near the city of Pombal a two-hour drive north of Lisbon.
They joined the army straight from school and ended up in a special forces unit called the Commandos, who were created in Angola in 1962.
Their war cry Mama Sumae is taken from a southern Angolan tribe and translates as ‘Here we are, ready for the sacrifice.’
Their mum Leonilde, cast into the spotlight when her triplets made headlines in their homeland with their decision to serve their country, joked in a June 2004 report in national newspaper Correio da Manha: “They only come home every fortnight to wash their clothes.”
A former lieutenant colonel the triplets served under told the paper at the time: “They are very strong mentally and physically.”
Cristiano and Georgina announced last month they were having twins.
It will be the second set of twins for the footballer, who is already dad to four kids. The couple’s first child together, Alana Martina, is now four.
Georgina is pregnant with twins[/caption]
The Ronaldo family are back in Manchester following his return to United[/caption]