Barcelona star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his family have been moved to a five-star hotel following their violent ordeal theft – as it emerged the striker refused advice to engage 24-hour security 24.
Aubameyang was allegedly attacked by a group of four men and threatened with guns and iron bars in front of his terrified wife Alysha Behague and their two children.
The thieves escaped with jewelry after Aubameyang was forced to open a safe at the property in Castelldefels, a coastal town south of Barcelona.
Aubameyang, 33, was hit in the chin with an iron bar, while Behague was hit in the head, but they decided not to be hospitalized so as not to further frighten their children.
Catalan outlet ARA reported that Barcelona moved them to the luxury hotel Princesa Sofia and gave them psychological counselling.
The children – Curtys, 11, and Pierre, 6 – saw their parents held down for an hour as thieves ransacked the house in the early hours of Monday morning.
Barcelona footballer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his family were attacked by a gang of thieves, who ransacked their home in the early hours of Monday morning.
Aubameyang was at home with his wife Alysha Behague when the men broke into their property
Aubameyang and his family have been moved to the SOFIA hotel in Barcelona
Police are looking for the attackers and believe they belong to an organized gang of Kosovo Albanians.
The gang apparently staked Aubameyang’s property while he was away in the United States on Barcelona’s pre-season tour.
At this point, they unsuccessfully attempted to enter the house but were deterred by an alarm. On this occasion, however, the alarm was disconnected as Aubameyang and his family were at home.
The gang were able to easily scale a garden fence to gain access and fled in a white Audi A3.
ARA also reports that Babanzila Meshak – a young Gabonese footballer who plays for fourth-tier side Terrassa and lives with Aubameyang – was at home during the robbery but unharmed.
Reports say their children Pierre (left), six, and Curtys (right) who is 11, saw their parents held to the ground for an hour as the gang ransacked their home.
Aubameyang was beaten by the crooks, who intimidated himself and Behague with guns and iron bars during the late night raid
Barcelona have advised their players to hire private security for their properties to deter criminals.
However, as Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer, he had yet to hire anyone to protect his property.
The incident comes as Aubameyang is linked with a return to the Premier League after interest from Chelsea, just seven months after leaving Arsenal after falling out with Gunners manager Mikel Arteta over disciplinary misconduct.
Aubameyang, who came under scrutiny in Amazon’s Arsenal documentary for his perceived mediocre attitude, is known for driving flashy sports cars and showing off his jewelry and designer brands.
Aubameyang is known for showing off his luxury sports cars and flaunting his designer brands
It’s not the first time Barcelona players have been robbed and robbed, with Aubameyang team-mate Robert Lewandowski having his £59,000 watch stolen outside the club’s training ground.
Lewandowski’s watch was ripped off as the 33-year-old waved to the fans ahead of an evening training session with Barca.
The thief reportedly opened the door of Lewandowski’s car and took the watch as the Poland international signed autographs, before attempting to chase after the thief himself.
Police quickly arrested a suspect and Lewandowski collected his watch before taking part in the training session ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga game at Real Sociedad.
New signing Robert Lewandowski has also been robbed as he had his watch stolen outside the club’s training ground this year.
Last November, young winger Ansu Fati had his home robbed while he was downstairs watching the club play local rivals Espanyol.
Some of the 19-year-old’s family were sitting on the ground floor of the property during the break-in, which reportedly saw cash, watches and expensive jewelery stolen.
Family members expressed concern at around 10 p.m. when ‘noises’ were heard upstairs where assailants allegedly gained access to the property.
A 112 call was then made by the family concerned, but when police arrived they found no one upstairs, suggesting those who entered had since fled.
Fati, 19, went to the Mossos police station in Sant Cugat on Monday, according to La Vanguardia, as he detailed what was taken in the robbery.
Aubameyang’s teammate Ansu Fati had his house robbed last year while his family was in
In 2018, there were a trio of Barcelona stars 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 house as he prepared to play for Spain in world Cup.
Later that year, thieves forced their way inside left-back Jordi Alba’s property while his family was inside.
There was another wave of thefts and break-ins in 2019 as former midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng allegedly lost jewelery and cash worth between £255,000 and £350,000 after a gang broke into his house while he was playing a game.
The Aubameyang burglary saga comes after former Manchester United star Paul Pogba claimed he was the victim of an £11million blackmail plot by a gang who 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 money for ‘protective services’ dating back 13 years, including time he spent at Manchester.
Paul Pogba (pictured with wife Zilay Pogba) has claimed he was the victim of an £11million blackmail plot by a gang who dragged him to a flat in Paris and threatened him with guns assault rifles
Pogba claims two gunmen said they had “quietly protected” him during a spell that lasted more than a decade, including two spells at Manchester United, the last of which ended earlier this year.
The Frenchman said the gang had been threatening him for four months.
Intimidation was perpetrated in Manchester in April and then around the Italian city of Turin, where Pogba currently plays for Juventus.
The gang also reportedly took Pogba to an apartment in the Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, where Pogba grew up, in late March. There, the gang members accused Pogba of not helping them financially since he became a professional player.
In interviews with police, Paul Pogba said he was always 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.