Cristiano Ronaldo’s brother, Hugo Dinarte Aveiro, is being investigated for fraud, according to reports in Italy.
Aveiro, who is 10 years older than Portugal legend Ronaldo, is alleged to have ordered the production of 13,000 fake replica shirts.
La Stampa and La Repubblica newspapers, via Football Italia, claim the Mussara company commissioned the special-edition shirts to be made.
The reports add Mussara, owned by Juventus star Ronaldo and run by his brother, ordered the Turin-based manufacturer Pegaso to produce the jerseys.
Pegaso are understood to have been paid €500,000 (£456,000) to print shirts which bore the logo of Ronaldo’s museum, CR7Museu.
It is claimed Mussara then declared they had never given Pegaso the green light to begin production of the fake replica shirts – believed to be exact copies of Adidas designs.
Reports from Italy add Ronaldo’s company demanded they received all the jerseys that had already been made at a price of €4 (£3.65) in order for them to be destroyed.
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But Pegaso claim they have since seen the same shirts on sale in CR7Museu – based in Madeira, Portugal – for a retail price of €40 (£36.50).
Consequently, Pegaso have sued Mussara and company director Aveiro is under investigation.
Meanwhile, Torino Corriere claim there is an ongoing dispute between Musarra and Juventus over the legal rights to Ronaldo’s trademark.
The Serie A giants currently have a £46million-a-year contract with Adidas to make their kits until 2027.
Ronaldo, 35, joined Juventus in 2018 for £99million and has scored 75 goals in 98 games for the club, helping them to two league titles.
He is contracted in Turin until the summer of 2022 and reached the remarkable landmark of 750 career goals as he scored against Dynamo Kiev last week.
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