Barcelona striker Aubameyang victim of armed robbery

BARCELONA, Spain, Aug 29 – Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the victim of a violent armed robbery at his home in the early hours of Monday, the Spanish club announced.

“He’s fine now, he’s scared but he’s okay,” a Barcelona source told AFP, confirming press reports.

At least four men broke into his home in Castelldefels near Barcelona through the garden and threatened him and his wife with guns and iron bars and beat him, the daily reported. El País.

The thieves fled by car after forcing the Gabon international to open a safe and flee with the jewels inside, the newspaper reports.

A spokeswoman for Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, confirmed they were investigating a violent robbery in Castelldefels but declined to identify the victim, citing confidentiality rules.

“The investigation remains open and we are collecting information,” she told AFP.

The incident comes as Aubameyang is linked with a return to the Premier League after interest from Chelsea.

He joined Barcelona in February from Arsenal after falling out with Gunners manager Mikel Arteta over disciplinary lapses.

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Several top footballers in Spain have been victims of robberies, although most of these burglaries happen while the stars are playing.

In June, police arrested six people in connection with the burglary of three million euros at the home of former Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying with Ronaldo in Ibiza but was not at home when the burglars struck, taking jewelry and cash.

And earlier this month, police recovered Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski’s watch, which was stolen as the player was signing autographs ahead of a training session.