London, Sep 2 (ANI): Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has been threatened for sending flirty texts to a gangster's lover.
The 30 million pounds soccer star allegedly made a series of great passes on model Nikoleta Lozanova, who was Playmate of the Year in his Bulgarian homeland in 2006.
Nikoleta's boyfriend, Georgi "The Head" Stoilov, a mobster with a reputation for extreme violence was furious when told of the suggestive messages.
The gangster replied to the texts warning Berbatov to keep clear for his own good, The Sun quoted a Bulgarian magazine, as saying.
Stoilov became head of one of his country's most feared clans when a bomb in a lift wiped out his father Stoil Stoilov and his minders in 2004.
Berbatov has been dating Elena Shtilianov on and off for three months and there is talk of pregnancy and marriage.
Friends of Berbatov dismissed Nikoleta, 31, a former lover of Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Nikolai Mihailov as "a fantasist".
They claim she invented the texts to wind up Stoilov, and that Berbatov was surprised to receive threats from the mobster.
Berbatov was quoted as saying: "I've met her once, when she was with Nikolai, but nothing happened."
A book last year claimed that a warlord kidnapped Berbatov in order to persuade him to switch teams when he was 18. (ANI)