Football great at centre of sex tape extortion scandal

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Ezequiel Lavezzi and girlfriend Natalia Borges, pictured here on the football pitch and on Instagram.
Ezequiel Lavezzi and girlfriend Natalia Borges. Image: Getty/Instagram

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has made a complaint he is being blackmailed over sex videos, Argentine judicial sources said on Thursday.

The 35-year-old former Argentina international, who retired in December, claimed to have received messages threatening to publish intimate images of him on the internet if he didn't pay $5,000 for each one.

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Lawyers representing Lavezzi, who also played for Chinese side Hebei Fortune and San Lorenzo in his homeland, made the complaint to cybercrime prosecutors.

With Argentina under coronavirus lockdown, Lavezzi is currently staying on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy - a French overseas territory.

He’s staying wth his partner, Brazilian model and actress Natalia Borges, who also received threats on her social media accounts, according to sources.

The Argentine press has dubbed the affair a “pornoextortion”.

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Lavezzi calls in lawyers to investigate

According to Lavezzi's lawyers, the content of the videos is likely to be genuine.

A source close to the couple told Buenos Aires daily La Nacion: “They began writing to the couple via two Instagram accounts.

“Not just to him, but also his girlfriend, the Brazilian model Natalia Borges, who lives with him.

“To be specific, these people told the couple that they had their videos and recorded conversations in their possession.

“They described details of the contents – which gave credibility to their claims.

“But even if they were false, this would still be extortion in any case.”

Ezequiel Lavezzi, pictured here in action for Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Ezequiel Lavezzi in action for Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Lavezzi - nicknamed El Pocho or The Chubby One - represented Argentina 51 times.

He won four Ligue 1 titles with PSG and helped Napoli win the Coppa Italia in 2012.

With Yahoo Sports Staff