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Barcelona Striker Aubameyang Robbed at Gunpoint, Beaten at Home

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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 said.

“He is ok now, scared but ok,” a Barcelona source told AFP, confirming press reports.

Hooded burglars broke into the home of Barcelona‘s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the early hours of Monday morning to rob him, even assaulting the player and some of his family members.

The robbery took place at the footballer’s home in the municipality of Castelldefels at around 01:00, when the footballer and his relatives were at home.

According to El Pais, the assailants got in through the garden and, once inside the house, pointed guns at the footballer, beat him and threatened his wife.

They did so until the family opened the safe before fleeing the house in a white Audi A3, according to witnesses.

Alysha Behague, the footballer’s wife, is said to have alerted the Catalan police and the authorities are still trying to identify the assailants and locate them.

The thieves fled by car after forcing the Gabon international to open a safe and making off with jewels that were inside, the newspaper reported.

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

“The investigation remains open and we are gathering 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 reportedly having fallen out with Gunners manager, Mikel Arteta, due to disciplinary breaches.

Several high profile footballers in Spain have been subject to robberies, though most of these break-ins occur while the stars are playing.

In June, police arrested six people in connection with the three-million-euro burglary at the house belonging to former Brazil forward, Ronaldo.

Paris Saint-Germain player, Marco Verratti, was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not home when the burglars struck, taking jewellery and money.

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

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