Ex-Premier League player was accused of hiring a hitman to murder his team-mate

Former player Raul Bravo was once accused of hiring a hitman on a former team-mate.

Bravo, who once played as a full-back at Real Madrid, was alleged to have tried to hire a professional to murder Darko Kovacevic, according to reports from 2020.

According to Serbian outlet Telegraf, Bravo asked professionals to make the attempt on Kovacevic, whom he played alongside at Olympiacos.

Indeed, it's thought that Kovacevic was ambushed by gunfire near his home in Athens by two men.

Fortunately, none of the bullets struck the former player – though the Serbian succumbed to some injuries in attempting the flee the incident.

The publication also says that Greek police had found a burnt-out vehicle – something that may have been used as a getaway car.

Marca reported that Bravo was arrested for his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal and that he was even the ringleader.

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They had also suggested that the 40-year-old threatened Huesca president Agustin Lasaosa over £83,000.

As reported by The Sun, Bravo said: "A magazine in Serbia reported it and I was stunned that it said I ordered the murder of Kovacevic.

"The only thing that matters [to them] is selling [magazines], and saying I wanted to kill Darko sells more. It's a crazy story, it's nonsense."

Kovacevic was arrested in 2019 as part of an investigation into match-fixing – and Gazzetto della Sport suggested there could be a relation between his arrest and the attempt on his life.

The now-retired player said via The Sun: "I saw a man getting out of a car with a gun in his hand and coming towards me.

"I instinctively dived to the right and he fired at me.

"Then he ran, got into the car and disappeared."

The 38-year-old won two La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and also spent time with Leeds United.

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