Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly been the victim of a violent robbery at his home in the Spanish city in the early hours of Monday morning, in which several gunmen broke in and beat him.
El Pais report that at least four men climbed into his yard near the Castelldefels complex and threatened him with firearms and iron bars – and the crooks escaped with jewels after gaining access to the player’s safe.
Aubameyang – who came to the club from Arsenal in January – was attacked by the men in front of his wife Alysha Behague, according to the report, with the criminals escaping in a white Audi A3.
The 33-year-old has been with Behague for more than a decade after meeting while the player was at AC Milan. They have two children together – Curtys, 11, and Pierre, six. It is not known at this time whether the children were at home during the burglary.
Behague quickly alerted the Spanish police, who are now looking for the perpetrators.
The incident comes as Aubameyang has been linked with a return to the Premier League after interest from Chelsea, just seven months after he left Arsenal after falling out with Gunners manager Mikel Arteta over disciplinary violations.
Aubameyang, who was heavily scrutinized on Amazon’s fly-on-the-wall documentary about Arsenal for his alleged bad attitude, is known for driving flashy sports cars and showing off his jewelry and designer brands.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the victim of an armed robbery at his home early Monday morning.
Aubameyang was at home with wife Alysha Behague when the men broke into their property
The couple have two children together – Pierre (left), six, and Curtys (right) who is 11 years old
It is not the first time that Barcelona players have been victims of robbery and theft, with Aubameyang’s team-mate Robert Lewandowski having his £59,000 stolen outside the club’s training ground.
Lewandowski’s watch was snatched as the 33-year-old greeted fans ahead of an evening training session with Barca.
The thief allegedly opened Lewandowski’s car door and took the watch while the Polish signed international autographs before attempting to run after the thief himself.
Police quickly arrested a suspect and Lewandowski got his watch back before taking part in the practice session ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga game at Real Sociedad.
Aubameyang was beaten by the crooks, who intimidated themselves and Behague with firearms and iron bars during the nighttime robbery
Aubameyang is known for showing off its luxury sports cars and showing off its designer brands
Last November, young winger Ansu Fati’s home was broken into as he watched the club play against local rivals Espanyol below.
Part of the 19-year-old’s family was downstairs at the time of the break-in, in which money, watches and expensive jewelry were reportedly stolen.
Concerns were raised by family members around 10 p.m. when ‘noises’ were heard from above, where attackers had allegedly gained entry to the property.
A 911 call was then made by the family involved, but when police arrived they found no one upstairs, leading to the belief that those who entered had since fled.
Fati, 19, made a trip to Mossos police station in Sant Cugat on Monday, according to La Vanguardia, explaining what was stolen during the robbery.
Aubameyang’s teammate Ansu Fati had his home broken into last year while his family was at home
New signing Robert Lewandowski was also the victim of theft as his watch was stolen outside the club’s training ground this year
In 2018, three Barcelona stars were targeted by thieves. Midfielder Philippe Coutinho returned home to find his house had been broken into, while a group of men broke into defender Gerard Pique’s home as he prepared to play for Spain at the World Cup.
Later that year, thieves broke into left-back Jordi Alba’s property while his family was inside.
Also in 2019, there was another spate of robberies and burglaries when former midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng reportedly lost jewelery and cash between £255,000 and £350,000 after a gang broke into his house while he was playing a match.
Aubameyang’s break-in comes after former Manchester United star Paul Pogba claimed he was the victim of an £11 million blackmail scheme by a gang that dragged him into an apartment in Paris and threatened him with assault rifles.
The 29-year-old, who won the World Cup with France, said the men wanted the money for ‘protection services’ going back 13 years, including time spent in Manchester.
Paul Pogba (pictured with wife Zilay Pogba) claimed he was the victim of an £11 million blackmail scheme by a gang that dragged him into an apartment in Paris and threatened him with assault rifles
Pogba claims two gunmen said they were “discreetly protecting him” for more than a decade, including two spells at Manchester United, the last of which ended earlier this year.
The Frenchman said the gang has been threatening him for four months.
In April acts of intimidation were committed in Manchester, and later around the Italian city of Turin, where Pogba currently plays for Juventus.
The gang also allegedly took Pogba at the end of March to a flat in the Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, where Pogba grew up. There, the gang members accused Pogba of not helping them financially since he became a professional player.
During police interrogations, Paul Pogba said he had always been close to his childhood friends and helped them financially when he could. But in January, he evicted one from his Manchester home after discovering the unidentified man had used Pogba’s credit card to steal €200,000 – the equivalent of £170,000.