Some players in the Premier League have resorted to using black magic, in order to improve and be counted among the best.
According to a report in the UK Sun, these football stars are paying thousands of pounds to witch doctors to help them raise their level.
The players visit juju men in West Africa and are taught how to carry out rituals, which is believed to also break the curse of injuries.
However, Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, has warned his colleagues that they were being defrauded.
He said: “I know players who get involved with the Juju men and they can’t get out. It’s a trap. They might get short-term benefits, but in the long run they pay for it. Juju men have a lot of influence.
“These are men who are just trying to make themselves rich and tell you they can make your life perfect.
“If things like that worked then instead of Messi and Ronaldo winning world player of the year it should be some African players.
“I would advise players not to follow this route but it’s their choice, I can’t stop them.”
Some of the rituals include the £460-a-time Troupkéka Milika. Benin-based Juju man, Marabout Degla, explained: “During its nine days you cannot sleep with a woman and you should cover yourself with a white loincloth while you sleep at night.”
Also on offer to players is “a magic ring that allows you to dominate playing partners and opponents during every competition you take part in.”
One Premier League player, is believed to pay up to £1,000 a month to a witch doctor in Ivory Coast. According to the wife, the Juju man “is more important than the manager of the club.”
She added: “My husband has gone back to his village several times to be cleansed.
“The Juju man might ask him to bring a sacrifice — a spotless white goat, lamb or chicken — which would be slaughtered and then various oaths are made.
“There are many fake witch doctors driving around in Range Rovers and living in mansions. But the genuine Juju man lives in a hut with no water or electricity.
“I don’t think the English players know too much about all this, but some managers are definitely aware because the players excuse themselves at the drop of a hat when the Juju man comes calling.”